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Latest book from Dordt Press details Abraham Kuyper’s visit to U.S.

April 13, 2012

In addition to his love of politics and theology Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) was passionate about traveling. In fact, Kuyper’s love of travel brought him to the United States in the late summer of 1898 when he received an honorary doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary and gave the now-famous Stone Lectures.

During this trip he wrote 22 letters to his wife, Jo, and seven children who remained in the Netherlands. These letters are housed in the Kuyper Archives at the VU University in Amsterdam and were published for the Dutch market in 2004. Dordt College Press has just released the same text, now translated into English, as Kuyper in America: “This is where I was meant to be.” These letters, edited by Dr. George Harinck, “form a continuous account” of Kuyper’s trip.

“Kuyper was a faithful letter-writer, and it seems that no letter is missing from his end of the correspondence between his wife and children and himself,” says Harinck in the introduction. The letters are “typical travel letters,” according to Harinck: Kuyper talks about a variety of topics including Queen Wilhelmina’s inauguration, fatigue, his command of English, his impressions of the United States, and more. The details found in the letters will be an interesting read for Kuyper scholars and students of American history and culture alike.

Harinck is the director of the Archives and Documentation Centre in Kampen as well as a professor of history at the VU University in the Netherlands.

Kuyper in America: “This is where I was meant to be” is available from the Dordt College Bookstore as well as from major online booksellers.

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