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A letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Julia G. Gilmore, his future daughter-in-law. He states his joy that she is to become a member of the family. Mrs. Van Raalte thinks highly of her as well. Possibly, V.R. had just heard that she and his son, Ben, were to be married. They were married on November 27. V.R. begins the letter as follows: "Though I am just overcrowded with meetings etc. etc. and I hate to write you in such a hurry, yet this morning is a joyous moment for me, and I want to express my joy in the prospect of possessing you as my daughter, and [sic] well as the wife of my dear beloved son Ben." Julia was born in Fairview, Illinois, and was a sister of William B. Gilmore, who was married to Christine Van Raalte.




Holland, Michigan


Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg, October 3, 2003.

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 from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Julia G. Gilmore