J. Walker



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A letter to the editors of the Grand River Eagle from a Mr. J. W--- (whom, I assume is, Walker, the school teacher in Zeeland. The letter was written October 2nd, 1848. The writer claims to write to the Yankees who need a better understanding of what is going on in the Colony. He particularly says much about the crops and produce, deploring the mistakes many Hollanders made in their farming methods, many of which don't work well in America. There seems to be no shortage of foodstuffs in the Colony. Walker gives quite a different kind of report than those which appear later in the Eagle. The letter is full of important information about 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, October 13, 1848, p. 1.

Letter to the Editors of the Grand River Eagle