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"To his excellency, Gov. Ransom: We hereby recommend Floris J. Littlejohn and John A. Brooks as suitable persons to be appointed commissioners under the acts appropriating lands for the benefit of the Holland Colony and also for building a bridge across ? Muskegon River etc." Signed by C. H. Taylor, S. G. Harris and Rix Robinson.






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

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


The original documents are held in the Archives of Michigan.


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 Archives of Michigan.

Letter of Recommendation for Commissioners