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A letter written by an Auguste Duryee, an American ambassador or charge' d' affaires in the Netherlands, to the Honorable Judge Van dePoel: "In consequence of some restraints in the full enjoyment of their religious faith and worship, the Reverend Doctor Scholten[sic], accompanied by most of his congregation, belonging to a Sect called here, Separatists, of wich [sic] he is, at the same time, the founder and the Apostle, have left Holland to seek, in our Republic that unlimited freedom, both of faith and of mode of worship, which [sic] the[y] have long desired in vain....The emigrants whom Doctr. Scholten [sic] leads wo what, for them, is, indeed, a land of promise, are not destitute adventurers. Many are what we would call snug farmers; others skillfull mechanics; all industrious and sober. In their tennets [sic] (ultra-Calvinism) rendered them some what stern and unsocial." The writer asks the Judge to receive these emigrants with kindness.
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Duryee, Auguste, "Letter from Auguste Duryee to the Honorable Judge Van de Poel" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 108.