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Another article by the Rev. Thomas De Witt, entitled, "Emigrants From Holland," in the Christian Intelligencer, p. 18, reporting on the considerable number of emigrants who have arrived in New York during the last three months. "Two settlements will be formed, composed mainly of those connected with the Secession from the Reformed Church of Holland, with whom one leading motive is the free, full and unembarrassed exercise of their faith and worship, as well as the attainment of a wider scope for the exercise of their industry, and reaping the fruits thereof." He reports on Rev. Van Raalte who "by the advice of judicious friends," chose a tract in western Michigan. According to Van Raalte in his last report to De Witt 700 or 800 persons have arrived in the settlement. Mr. James Forrester has raised more than $600 for the erection of a sawmill in the Holland Colony. H. P. Scholte is now in St. Louis.
Christian Intelligencer, August 12, 1847, p. 18.
De Witt, Thomas, "Article "Emigrants From Holland" in the Christian Intelligencer" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 264.