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A letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps; it informs Phelps that Dr. M. Cohen Stuart is arriving on the last train from Grand Rapids that evening. Cohen Stuart interviewed Van Raalte during this visit. He then wrote up the interview and published it in his book. The interview gives us a very good description of Van Raalte as a person in his later years. The title of Cohen Stuart's book is: Ses Maanden in Amerika, published by Kruseman and Tjeenk Willink, Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1875, pp. 300-323. Cohen Stuart said that, "He is one of those people with whom one cannot associate without becoming richer in spirit and heart, in wisdom and love.




Holland, Michigan


In English; Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg November 26, 2003.

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 from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps