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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to his daughter, Mina Oggel, wishing her a happy birthday. He also shares his concern with her that her husband, Peter, is still ill. V.R. says "Nothing can happen to us but the will of God" and "If we submit ourselves while suffering, and if we accept the burdens that God lays upon us, we will often encounter more obedience and a greater victory than if we were doing wonderful deeds in Gods Kingdom, deeds that would be noticed by everyone." He assures her that he is praying for both of them. V.R. does not indicate why he is in Jersey City but mentions a Dr. Lansing who may be Dr. John A. Lansing, Secretary of the Board of Publications of the Reformed Church in America.




Jersey City, [New Jersey]


In Dutch; in transcription and translation by Simone 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.

A Letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Daughter, Mina Oggel