George N. Smith



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In a report to William A. Richmond, Acting Superintendent [of] Indian Affairs at Detroit, Michigan, Rev. George N. Smith said that his family had gone to Vermont last summer for their health's sake. The death of the chief, Joseph Wakazoo, had been a blow. "... He should be regarded as a benefactor of his race." Peter Wakazoo, his brother, now served as acting chief. White men who give liquor to the Indians are a "curse." The Catholic priest who visited was an intrusion.




Old Wing Mission, Holland, Michigan


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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Report from George N. Smith to William A. Richard