Download Full Text (4.2 MB)


In his letter to Rev. John H. Karsten and wife of Alto, Wisconsin, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte is expressing his appreciation for the letter of sympathy which he received from the Karstens following the death of Mrs. Christina de Moen Van Raalte who died on 30 June. Van Raalte is deeply grieved in the loss of his dear wife who suffered greatly during the last six months of her life. The letter reflects Van Raalte's Reformed piety clearly.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; partial transcription by Elton J. Bruins; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

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.

Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Rev. John H. Karsten and Wife