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Elisha Ely wrote Nathan L. Miller of Bloomfield, Connecticut, that "Just about 6 miles north of your lands the Holland settlement has commenced, there are now from 2100 to 2400 already there, + I have but little doubt that they will settle in south of their present location, + that will soon bring your lands into market. The lands that they have settled upon are cheifiy [sic] purchased from the United States at $1.25 per acres, myself + another own 240 acres on Section 4, Town. 3 N. R. 15 West, which we hold at two dollars an acre + which we expect to sell them at that price in the course of next season." This is helpful information about the size of the Holland Colony within the first year of the Dutch settlement by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte.
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Ely, Elisha and Douma, Michael, "Letter from Elisha Ely to Nathan L. Miller" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 164.