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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to [Gerrit] Van Schelven, a close associate and friend of Van Raalte, in which V.R. acknowledged several debts of the family to Van Schelven. Van Schelven apparently is the owner of a store in Holland, Michigan. V.R. is still dealing with debts of his son, Albertus, who apparently is no longer living. Daughter Mina, the widow of Peter J. Oggel, now has some money available to her which she can use to pay her debt. She also has financial obligations to the Plugger family of Holland. V.R. himself has a debt of $106 with Van Schelven which he is not able to pay at this time but V.R. will pay interest on his debt until the debt is pay off. V.R. has also ordered that no member of his family will be allowed to buy anything on credit in Van Schelven's store.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; transcription and translation by Simone Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

A Letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to [Gerrit] Van Schelven