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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote in a letter that was published in The Christian Intelligencer on 10 June, that the family had arrived in Amelia on Saturday, 22 May, coming in from Richmond. On Sunday, the family attended a worship service in the local Presbyterian Church in which the preacher preached for an hour and without notes, Van Raalte observed. The letter was first published in the Schnectady Evening Star. The editor of that paper then adds his own comments that the Van Raaltes had been in the area about two months. "All who are at all conversant with what Dr. Van Raalte has accomplished in the West, will not only wish him God-speed in this great and noble enterprise, but will have confidence in his ultimate success."




Amelia Court House, Virginia


Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote in a Letter That Was Published in The Christian Intelligencer on 10 June