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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 Littlejohn was removed & his acts repealed & Ira Chaffee of Allegan appointed special commissioner with instruction to proceed without delay to resurvey said road.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.
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Inhabitants of the County of Allegan, "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." (1850). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 176.