Download Full Text (628 KB)


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.




Allegan, Michigan


Transcribed by Michael Douma, 2005.

Description of the document and reference to Western Michigan University Archives 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.


Courtesy, Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History


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 Western Michigan University Archives.

Letter from Elisha Ely to Nathan L. Miller