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A document in A.C.V.R.'s handwriting [7], entitled, "Census of the Colony January 18, 1849, Taken in connection with the circulation of the harbor petition. On that date, there were 464 houses, 1744 acres cleared, 2 churches, 2 mills, and 2,185 "souls." He added, "Persons at Grand & Kalamazoo rivers and other places at work who belong here would prombably swell the population to 2500. Add Indian lands cleared and there would be not less than 2000 acres." Holland village and neighborhood contained 131 houses.




The document is written in English. The handwriting could also be that of Henry D. Post.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College 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.


The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.