Thomas De Witt



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An article, entitled, "Holland Emigrants," by the Rev. Thomas De Witt, which appeared in the Christian Intelligencer, p. 62. The main part of De Witt's report is on H. P. Scholte's colony at Pella, Iowa. He also reports that he heard in a recent letter from Albertus Van Raalte who said that about 1700 persons were now in the Holland Colony in three villages. The new sawmill has been erected and Van Raalte said that "sufficient shelter would be provided by the coming winter." Another colony of emigrants who arrived in New York planned to settle in Wisconsin. De Witt claimed that most of the emigrants are "pious."




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, October 28, 1847, p. 62.