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Law No. 32, AN ACT appropriating certain internal improvement lands for the benefit of the Holland Colony, and other immigrants, now settling in the counties of Ottawa and Allegan. Section 1. Four thousand acres are appropriated for the construction of a "suitable and substantial wharf or pier upon the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the north Black induce and facilitate the landing from steamboats and other vessels, of all emigrants. Sec. 2. "In addition to the above, three thousand acres are hereby appropriated from the internal improvement lands, for the purpose of laying out, opening and improving certain roads in the counties of Allegan, Kent and Ottawa. The roads from Grand Haven, Grandville and Allegan will be "terminated at such point or points, within the limits of the present settlement of the Holland Colony..." There are five more sections dealings with the details of carrying out the law including the appointment of a commissioner who shall receive a salary of $3.00 per day.




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.


Acts of the Legislature of the State of Michigan, Passed at the Annual Session of 1848. With an Appendix Containing the Treasurer's Annual Report, &C. Lansing, 1848, pp. 24-26.

Law No. 32, An ACT Appropriating Certain Internal Improvement Lands for the Benefit of the Holland Colony, and Other Immigrants, Now Settling in the Counties of Ottawa and Allegan.