George N. Smith



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In a letter to Robert Stuart, Acting Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Rev. George N. Smith reported that Mary Ann Willard who interpreted for Smith for the past three years has gone to the Grand Haven area. "The progress of the Indians the past year has, in respect to civilization, been indeed flattering; in their general manners and moral conduct, they have made great advances." Several Indians are developing farms nicely. Two log houses have been built. The children are in school until maple sugaring time. Of the 30 scholars, ages range from four to thirty.




Old Wing Mission, Holland, MI


Description of the document and reference to the Grand Rapids Public Library 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 Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids, MI.


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Letter from George N. Smith to Robert Stuart