Erica D. Heeg



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The Christian Intelligencer, the periodical of the Reformed Church in America, on this date published a full account of the funeral of Albertus C. Van Raalte, which took place on Friday, November 10. The correspondent reported that the Rev. Roelof Pieters preached on the text of II Kings 2.12: "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horesemen thereof." The correspondent, who did not know Dutch, could not give a summary of the sermon. However, the sermon of Philip Phelps, Jr. was reported on at length. Phelps preached on the text of II Samuel 3.38: "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" As Roelof Pieters had been a student of V.R.'s in the Netherlands, Hendrik Uiterwijk, pastor of Third Reformed Church, had been one of V.R.'s catechumens. Uiterwijk gave an address in Dutch at the grave, followed by the prayers of Professor Cornelius E. Crispell. The attendees at the funeral were too numerous to get inside the Pillar Church sanctuary. All present filed past the casket following the service at Pillar Church. Isaac Cappon had been in charge of all the arrangements of the funeral.




New York City


Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg, December 16, 2004.

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.

The Christian Intelligencer, the Periodical of the Reformed Church in America, On This Date Published a Full Account of the Funeral of Albertus C. Van Raalte, Which Took Place on Friday, November 10