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A petition to the Hon. John S. Barry, Governor of the State of Michigan, signed by inhabitants of the County of Allegan, concerning the plank road for which the state had appropriated funds in 1848. "One thousand acres from Grand haven to Black Lake which has been expended & a superb good road been constructed. One thousand acres from Black lake to Allegan. Flava? J. Littlejohn appointed special commissioner to expend the same. For some reason the said Littlejohn did not lay said road where it was intended by the Legislature. & on the second cay of April 1849. Littlejohn was removed & his acts repealed & Ira Chaffee of Allegan appointed special commissioner with instruction to proceed without delay to resurvey said road. Chaffee did not resurvey yet drew $1,150 from the auditor general and used up the money. There is still no road between Holland and Allegan even though some 5000 inhabitants live in the Colony. A mail route from Grand Haven to Allegan is to commence July 1. "There are several miles of said rout? that will have to be carried through the woods by a line of marked trees." A road is vitally needed. The petition is signed by 41 men including John R. Kellogg.




Allegan, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Archives of Michigan 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.


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A Petition to the Hon. John S. Barry, Governor of the State of Michigan, Signed by Inhabitants of the County of Allegan, Concerning the Plank Road for Which the State Had Appropriated Funds in 1848.