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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the Rev. John H. Karsten, pastor of the Alto Reformed Church, Waupun, Wisconsin, concerning several matters. V.R. presses Karsten to have his people contribute to the Ebenezer fund. Parenthetically he informs Karsten that he fell from a platform and hurt his knee. While laid up, the anniversary committee [?] asked him to formulate a statement which will go on a memorial plate for the monument to be erected presumably. V.R., full of advice as usual, suggests that they have to "make good use of our time, we should not let our people doze off to sleep, we should not keep good work and correcting influence away from them. We have to form public opinion—in these matters we should lead them, not the other way around."




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; 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 the Rev. John H. Karsten