Thomas De Witt



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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.




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.


Christian Intelligencer, August 12, 1847, p. 18.