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A detailed report of the visit of Dr. Thomas De Witt, pastor of the Collegiate Church in New York City was published on this date in The Christian Intelligencer. The lengthy account of his visit included his stop in Grand Haven where he experienced the hospitality of Rev. and Mrs. Pieter J. Oggel. The drive to Holland took six hours. He enjoyed the hospitality of Rev. Albertus and Mrs. Christina Van Raalte. "Having remained with them three days, I cannot but pay a passing tribute to Mrs. Van Raalte. I was deeply impressed with what appeared to me her intelligent and deep-toned piety, and one who was well fitted to be the companion of our brother, in all the sacrifices, toils, and hardships he has been called to encounter." Van Raalte convinced De Witt about the importance of the Holland Harbor. The report is rich in details and a valuable report on Holland at that time.
New York, New York
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De Witt, Thomas, "Report in the Christian Intelligencer" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 139.