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Elisha Ely wrote Nathan L. Miller, Esq., Bloomfield, Connecticut, giving a description of lands owned by Miller. Ely will pay the taxes for Miller when they are due. In a postscript, Ely wrote: "Is it rather difficult to say anything satisfactory relative to the sale of the lands. I did suppose that there would be a fair probability of their being sold to the Hollanders, but they are inclining East instead of South as there is more Government land in that direction." Ely said that the Colony now numbers about 3200 people.




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


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Letter from Elisha Ely to Nathan L. Miller