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A letter of the Rev. Epaphroditus George Duffield, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, to Governor E. Ransom, congratulating the governor on his. election. He goes on to say, "They [foreign population] cannot have escaped your notice. I may say that I was particularly instrumental in directing & determining their move to settle in Michigan & may therefore be excused for manifesting some solicitude on their behalf....They ask not, & need not charity; but the peculiarity of their situation will render some legislative interposition? desireable, if not not indispensably necessary. They are in Ottawa count, spreading out into the thickly timbered land n & ne of Black river Lake. They are Hollanders who speak the low Dutch tongue, & frugal industrious & moral ?? of people....They number now nearly 2000 souls: all arrived within a year. Their leader is a minister of the Free church of Holland, & His people, of the same communion." Among their needs are a state road.
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Duffield, George, "Letter from George Duffield to Governor E. Ransom" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 165.