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A note by a writer of the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, expressing his view that if Governor Ransom had appointed Robert Hilton as Road Commissioner instead of Littlejohn, there would already be a road from Grand Rapids to Holland. Instead the Hollanders are trading with Chicago and Milwaukee instead of Grand Rapids which is their natural market.




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, August 11, 1848, p. 2.

Note in the Grand River Eagle