Henry D. Post



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A report on the Holland Colony by Henry D. Post which appeared in the New York Tribune and copied by the Grand River Eagle, February 2, 1849, p. 2. Post begins, saying, "In the Weekly Tribune of Dec. 9, I notice an article headed 'Hollanders in Michigan,' made up principally of an extract from the Grand Rapids Eagle, which is so meager in its details, and in some particulars incorrect, that I beg leave to give you a description of the Holland Colony as it is." He mentions Rev. Ypma at "States Land," or Vriesland. He concludes his report as follows, "The Ottawa Indians connected with the Old Wing Mission were, until the Holland emigrants landed here, the only occupants of this beautiful region. Since the settlements commenced they have decided to leave, and will remove in the coming Spring to Grand Traverse Bay. Thier removal throws a large quantity of beautiful farming lands which they owned, into the market. A large accession to the Colony is expected as soon as navigation opens in the Spring."




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, February 2, 1849, p. 2.

Report on the Holland Colony Which Appeared in the New York Tribute and Copied by the Grand River Eagle