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This is another letter that was written by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to his daughter, Christina Van Raalte Gilmore who was living in Spring Lake, Illinois. He assures her that he is praying for her since she is now pregnant.




Holland, Michigan


Transcription and translation by Nella Kennedy, February, 2015.

Description of the document and reference to Charles Vander Broek 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.


In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.


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 Charles Vander Broek.

Letter Written by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Daughter, Christina Van Raalte Gilmore