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In his annual report to William A. Richmond, Acting Superintendent [of] Indian Affairs, Rev. George N. Smith reported that the Dutch colony was afflicted with small pox. "The colony now numbers about 1,500; what its influence will be on our mission the future must determine; we hope it may be good eventually, but the Indians were not prepared to defend their fields against the large numbers of cattle and hogs the Dutch are bringing in, especially as they have to be absent, and cannot watch them. Considerable damage is already done, but the farmer [Isaac Fairbanks/ is making vigorous efforts to secure them."
Old Wing Mission, Holland, MI
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Smith, George N., "Letter from George N. Smith to William A. Richard" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 140.