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A letter of Albertus Van Raalte to his friends in the Netherlands written just before his departure for America and published in De Bazuin, date of publication not given. He is sorry that he was not able to see many people on this trip as he and his wife intended. He is concerned that the church in America and the church in the Netherlands can be united in their missionary endeavors especially in Africa. He speaks of the a possible gift to build a missionary ship. "The plan is ready and the keel is laid." Here is a reference to the missionary ship project in Holland, Michigan, of 1864. The ship is to be a steamboat for use on the River Nile for the establishment of mission stations down the Nile.






In Dutch. Full translation by Elisabeth Dekker.

Description of the document 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.


De Bazuin

A Letter of Albertus Van Raalte to His Friends in the Netherlands Written Just Before His Departure for America and Published in De Bazuin