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An article in De Hollander on this date about the Holland Academy. The writer of the article, presumably the editor H. Doesburg, has been reading about Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's fund raising trip out East and the opposition that came to the fore about it in The Christian Intelligencer, the denominational weekly. A writer in the weekly going under the letter, "W," raised questions about the efforts of Van Raalte. The opposition gave rise to encourage the supporters of the Holland Academy to defend it vigorously. The purpose of the fund raising trip was "for paying the debt on the building, for adding rooms, for assisting instructors, and a dining room to ease the work of the headmaster in feeding the students, and also to provide a scientific apparatus and to buy some land near the building..." The executive committee of the academy board voted to express their thanks to Dr. Van Raalte for "the unpleasant and unselfish labor involved in collecting the required amount...."
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Doesburg, H.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "Article in De Hollander About the Holland Academy" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 168.