John I. Brower



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A receipt for $100 was sent to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte by John I. Brower, treasurer [of the Reformed Church in America] "on account of interest on his two Bonds and Mortgages of $500. each...." On the back of the receipt is written the following: "Receipt $100.00 on the Schieffelin mortgages.—on Sec. 28 T?5NR15W? Holland Mich; October 19/1871." In Brower's report to the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America in Brooklyn, New York, June, 1872 (The Acts and Proceedings of the Sixty-sixth General Synod of the Reformed Church In America,...1872, p. 418, there is noted this entry: "on account of interest on two bonds of $500 each" $100. Could that entry refer to Van Raalte's interest payment? Would Van Raalte have borrowed from Schieffelin to purchase property in Amelia and then have Schieffelin turn these bonds and mortgages over to the RCA as a gift?




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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."

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 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 Receipt for $100 Was Sent to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte by John I. Brower, Treasurer [Of the Reformed Church in America]