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This arbitrarily dated document, with frequent additions and changes in the document, is an account of the history and struggles of the Dutch immigrants who came to America with Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. People referred to in the document are an Elder de Haan, a Rev. De Klein, Pieter J. Oggel, Rev. Simon van Velzen, Rev. Anthony Brummelkamp, and Rev. Hendrik G. Klein. Van Raalte is also making a defense of the union with the Reformed Dutch Church in this country and why uniting was better than being independent. (The Rev. De Klein mentioned may be the same person as Rev. Hendrik G. Klein, the first pastor in the Graafschaap congregation, who deceded from the Reformed Church in 1857 and then returned to the RCA later.)
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.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kenendy, Nella, "An Account of the History and Struggles of the Dutch Immigrants Who Came to America with Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte" (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 88.