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Minutes of the committee in Detroit, which was organized to support Albertus C. Van Raalte and his people in making a settlement in Michigan. The meeting was held in the Presbyterian Church. Seven people were appointed to the committee: Theodore Romeyn, Shubael Conant, Rev. George Duffield, E. C. Seaman, A. S. Porter, E. P. Hastings, and J. W. Brooks. Other people in the state were designated to assist Van Raalte as needed such as Rev. O. P. Hoyt, the Hon. N. A. Balch, of the Senate, in Kalamazoo; George Young in Grand Rapids; Rev. Wm. M. Ferry and Henry Pennoyer in Grand Haven; and J. R. Kellogg and E. B. Bassett of Allegan and others. "Rev. Van Raalte, in a most touching and impressive manner, expressed his gratitude for the sympathy and aid proffered to his countrymen, and his gratification at having advanced thus far in the preparatory steps for the settlement in a land where labor would meet with its reward, and civil and religious freedom be secure." S. Conant was chair of the meeting and N. A. Balch, secretary.
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Conant, S. and Balch, N. A., "Meeting Minutes of the Committee in Detroit" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 117.