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A report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2. The author reports on the flourishing colony, made up of people who suffered persecution and have come to the US for civil and religious liberty. The people are very industrious. The huge sawmill is in operation but may be converted to steam if the wind is unsteady. Twelve stores are doing business. Quoting from the New York Sun, the author says that the Rev. D. Budding has come with his party. They are going to Freedorp [sic] and Grand Haven. His people come from Dordrecht, 77 in number and carry over $100,000 "in specie". The Sun also reported that Budding was fined over 10,000 guilders for not following the law that only 19 people could assemble at one time. Some 25 Hollanders just arrived on the Madeline, bound for Grand Haven, with $10,000 on them.




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, November 24, 1848, p. 2.

A Report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle