Letter from D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers
A letter from D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers at Hoog Blokland,Utrecht, the Netherlands about finding a settlement in the United States, says: "So far I am confirmed in my conviction that Iowa and a part of Illinois will be most suitable for us, and that van Raalte has made an unfortunate choice. In Albany as well as in New York the general opinion is that things will turn out very bad in the end... In his efforts to get people to go there van Raalte has already become thoroughly American." He also writes: "The Dutch Reformed have been after me to join their Synod. I told them that I was not so inclined, because I cannot agree with the Synodical system. I think van Raalte will. In that case he will very likely receive an annual stipend of $100."
New York, New York
Chabot, D. and Lagerwey, Walter, "Letter from D[ ] Chabot to J[ ] Hospers" (1847). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 266.