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A petition to the Senate and House of Representatives for the "improvement of the outlet of North Black Lake" near the Holland Colony. "Not less than 5,000 souls have landed on the shores of Michigan, and most of them are now comfortably settled in their homes....The past season, we have been blessed with abundant harvests, and our people have already begun to develop the rich resources of the land of our adoption....There are now within our limits, two water Saw Mills, one steam Saw MIll, and one wind Saw Mill; three custom grinding mills, one ashery and soap and candle manufactory, one tannery, one brick yard, and one boat yard. We have eight places of worship, and eight schools, four of them taught by American teachers....A charter for the proposed plank road has already been secured,..." The petitioners are A. C. Van Raalte, Vander Sling, A. Ver Horst, T. Schrader, B. Grotenhuis, and J. Binnekant.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Vander Sling; VerHorse, A.; Schrader, T.; Grotenhuis, B.; and Binnekant, J., "A Petition to the Senate and House of Representatives for the, "Improvement of the Outlet of North Black Lake," Near the Holland Colony." (1849). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 227.