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Jan Kolvoord of Groningen, Michigan, wrote a response to the letter of "A Friend of the Truth" that had appeared on 3 January 1851 in De Nieuwsbode of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. But it was a friend of Kolvoord who forwarded Kolvoord's letter to the editor of De Nieuwsbode. This person, by way of introduction to the Kolvoord letter, said that he was disappointed that De Hollander's editor made no response to the criticism of the January letter. Kolvoord was quite critical of the Holland newspaper as to how little it had to offer the reader. Kolvoord himself said that this so-called Friend of the Truth was really an enemy of the truth.
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Kolvoord, Jan and Kennedy, Nella, "Jan Kolvoord of Groningen, Michigan, Wrote a Response to the Letter of "A Friend of the Truth" That Had Appeared on 3 January 1851 in De Nieuwsbode of Sheboygan, Wisconsin" (1851). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 199.