Literary circle of Heiloo

In 1836, the newly in Leiden graduated pastor J.P. Hasebroek came to Heiloo. He would stay there for seven years before he could continue his devotional work elsewhere.

j.p. hasebroekJ.P. Hasebroek

The rectory of Hasebroek was a haunt of literary talent. Leiden writer John Kneppelhout, who did see the light of the successful Student Typing under the Klikspaan pseudonym in 1841, was there a regular guest, as well as Jacob van Lennep, A.L.G. “Truitje” Toussaint and Bernhard Gewin.

bosboom-toussaintA.L.G. ‘Truitje’ Bosboom-Toussaint

Other visitors who have to be named, were “De Gids”-editor Bakhuizen van den Brink, the teachers W. Brill and Laurens Beijnen, Cees van Foreest friend and brother of Beets, the Haarlem publisher Pieter Francois Bohn, who issued much work of the Literary Circle of Heiloo, and also some other literary figures such as Jacob van Lennep and Willem de Clercq. Hasebroek published in 1840 by the pseudonym Jonathan the bundle Truth and Dreams, of which he gained national fame. In 1837 Hasebroek was asked by the Amsterdam literary E.J. Potgieter to be an employee of the co-founded magazineDe Gids.

PotgieterE.J. Potgieter

Between the two grew a close friendship. After a visit from Potgieter to Heiloo Hasebroek wrote: “The 24th of August 1837 is printed with golden letters in the book of my life. It was then that the light of your face for the first time shined on my path. Nicolaas Beets, who published under the pseudonym Hildebrand the Camera obscura in 1839, was regularly found in Heiloo. It was no wonder, for he was engaged to Aleide van Foreest, the daughter of a wealthy family who lived in the mansion Nijenburgh.

Nicolaas BeetsNicolaas Beets

When Potgieter came to visit Heiloo , both the literati got an argue together. Potgieter found Beets arrogant, reversed Beets found that Potgieter was too serious and stiff.

Contacts with Willem de Clercq from 1841 ushered in the demise of “the circle of Heiloo ‘. Hasebroek and Betsy were both deeply affected by the foreman of the Reveil. From 1841 we see Hasebroek increasingly turning away from the literary field. Contacts with writers who were no pastor, became scarcer and scarcer, a clear symptom of a change in interest.

The departure to Breda in 1843 meant the end of “The circle of Heiloo,” an end which in previous years have already emerged.

Sources:, de Volkskrant, Oudheidkundige vereniging Oud Heiloo, Oneindig Noord Holland, WikiPedia