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A Mr. H. Beuker published an obituary of Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in De Vrije Kerk. Vereeniging van Christ Geref. Stemmen, published by P. Van Der Sluys, Jr., 1876, pp. 607-09. Beuker was also the editor of this volume. He mentioned that the Van Raaltes stayed in their home for some days in 1866 when they were visiting in the Netherlands. Van Raalte "was a man with a clear, inclusive, evangelical view, with a strong will and a child-like faith. How unaffected was that little man and how dignified in what he said. People learned from him constantly without his assuming the air of a teacher. With great clarity of ideas and voice he preached a couple of times for me although he was suffering a sore throat."




Amsterdam, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

Description of the document and reference to the Royal Library, The Hague, 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 Theological University Archives, Kampen.


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 Royal Library, The Hague.

A Mr. H. Beuker Published an Obituary of Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in De Vrije Kerk. Vereeniging Van Christ Geref Stemmen, Published by P. Van Der Sluys, Jr., 1876, pp. 607-09