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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.
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Ely, Elisha and Douma, Michael, "Letter from Elisha Ely to Nathan L. Miller" (1848). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 182.