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In this letter from Jacob O. Doesburg to Christian Vander Veen who currently is a student in the New Brunswick Seminary studying for the ministry, he is writing about political issues in Holland. He mentions Henry Post, John Roost, Hendrik P. Scholte, Philip Phelps Jr., Giles Vande Wall, and also a reference to an Oggel, whom we assume, is Pieter J. Oggel, a former pastor in the First Reformed Church of Grand Haven who this year moved to Pella, Iowa, to serve as pastor of the First Reformed Church there. Doesburg also refers to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte in a negative manner: "...His Ex[cellency] Van Raalte wants to force [the Americans who plan to form Hope Reformed Church] to become Dutch Reformed His preaching is very dull nowadays; it is as if he wants rather something else to do, Land-Speculator for instance;...




Holland, Michigan


In English but needs to be transcribed.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Letter from Jacob O. Doesburg to Christian Vander Veen