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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote to Philip Phelps shortly after the Holland Fire of October 8 and 9. Van Raalte is on another fund raising tour for Hope College. "I suppose you perceive that my resources are cut off for the present: I must provide in some way for my family. I must in some way provide for my taxes. - and yet I am at a loss what to do." A.C.V.R. is thinking about getting a bank chartered in Holland and "...procure a refuge against sharpers in Holland." Later he says, "I must go ahead or give up."




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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.

Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote to Philip Phelps Shortly After the Holland Fire of October 8 and 9.