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This letter written by Rev. Anson Du Bois on 18 October 1869 was published in The Sower, a publication produced by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. at Hope College. It appeared in De Hope on 19 January 1870. The letter was addressed to the Board of the Domestic Missions of the Reformed Church in America. Du Bois is urging support of the Amelia Colony and in the establishment of congregations. Although there are Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian congregations already there, there is a need for RCA churches at Amelia Court House, Chula, and Mattoax. The Dutch families began to settle there the previous fall at the invitation of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. William B. Gilmore is assisting Du Bois in organizing a school "for English and other languages." The school is to be opened 6 October. Du Bois is a former secretary of the Board of Domestic Missions, 1859-1862. [It is interesting to note that the Mattoax congregation is still in existence but as a Presbyterian Church.]




Amelia Court House, Virginia


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, retranslated by Nella Kennedy, April, 2004.

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.


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This Letter Written by Rev. Anson Du Bois on 18 October 1869 Was Published in The Sower, a Publication Produced by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. at Hope College. It Appeared in De Hope on 19 January 1870.