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A letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps, reporting that Schieffelin and Cornell were opposed to making a proposal to the Collegiate Consistory. The Collegiate Church "will stick to the Dutch property and name: But if the clergymen do not take hold in great earnest of the young, they will lose them all, and those who cling then to the old institution will not have then the necessary characteristics to maintain a flourishing active church or denomination."Suydam's address is 37 Nassau or 18 W. 39th St.




New York


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.

A Letter of A. C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps