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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte reports to his wife about his trials in obtaining more land for the Holland Colony. When he got to Marshall he discovered that land speculators had already taken the land he thought was available for the Colony. He and a lawyer left Marshall and traveled to Grand Rapids to see the owner who relinquished the property. The man who owned the property purchased the land because he was the contractor for a canal. With the help of prominent men in Grand Rapids, the land went back to the state. These are anxious days for Van Raalte but he urges his dear wife not to worry. Van Raalte says much also about the horse he had and its need for rest.
Yankee Springs, Michigan
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; Dekker, Ellie; and Kennedy, Simone, "Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Wife" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 157.