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A report in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, on the Holland Colony. The author of the report is not given. The person says: ...they ask for no private charity....They . are a hardy, industrious, frugal, moral and religious people,...and like the Pilgrims of 1620, came to this country, to escape the intolerance of their own, and in quest of liberty of conscience, where no alliance exists between the church and state, and where they may be permitted to worship God in their own way." The author claims that about 2000 people are now in the Colony.




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, January 7, 1848, p. 2.

Report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle