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A report in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, on a meeting in Grand Rapids for the purpose "to wait upon our neighbors the Hollanders, and inform them of our interest in their welfare, and also to acquaint themselves with the best and shortest route to the settlement of the colonists." Committee members reported that they arrived at the home the Rev. A. C. Van Raalte on July 22, at 5.30 p.m. They also met some recently arrived immigrants who were living in temporary booths of hemlock on the banks of the Black River. Van Raalte estimated that 1200 had arrived and that there would be 2000 before winter. All needed outside support for months until they could turn "the forests into fruitful fields." A good road from Grandville to Holland was much needed. E. B. Bostwick was chair of the committee; the report is very sympathetic to the Hollanders.




Description of the document 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 River Eagle, July 28, 1847, p. 2.

Report in the Grand River Eagle on a Meeting in Grand Rapids