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An extract of a letter written by Rev. Giles Van de Wall to Rev. Jacob Van der Meulen was published in De Hope on this date. There was a cryptic note quoted here as follows: "I took from that that Dr. Van Raalte was sent out by the Classis to bring the astray sheep together in new Kolonies. Why are there no restful days given to the old man? Apparently this was a reference to the Amelia Colony. Van de Wall did not realize that Van Raalte wanted to do this as a missionary project. Van de Wall spoke about his ministry in South Africa. Van de Wall was a former teacher in the Holland Academy. The date of the letter was 26 May 1869.




Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

An Extract of a Letter Written by Rev. Giles Van De Wall to Rev. Jacob Van Der Meulen was Published in De Hope On This Date