George N. Smith



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In a report to William A. Richmond, Acting Superintendent of Indian Affairs at Detroit, Michigan, Rev. George N. Smith wrote that he again taught school the past winter. There were 15 Indian scholars and 7 white scholars. Meetings on the Sabbath were well attended. The cause of temperance has not advanced. The Indians have become dissatisfied with this location and wish to move farther north. They plan to move next spring and have begun selling their land for three to eight dollars an acre.




Old Wing Mission, Holland, MI


Description of the document and reference to the Grand Rapids Public Library 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.


Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids, MI.


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Letter Reporting from George N. Smith to William A. Richmond