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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.




Detroit, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

Meeting Minutes of the Committee in Detroit