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A first draft of a document composed by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to "The Hon: J.S. Wilson General United States Land Commissioner, Washington D.C." The document concerns a piece of land apparently owned by Van Raalte. He noted that first a windmill and then a tannery were located on the property. The document is very difficult to read. Van Raalte composed it in English.




Holland, Michigan


Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg October 29, 2003.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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."


The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

A First Draft of a Document Composed by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to