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A petition was made to the governor, Kingsley S. Bingham on behalf of a large number of citizens in Ottawa County for funds for the improvement of the Holland Harbor. The handwriting is that of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte but the document is written in the third person. The amount requested is $45,000. Some of the names of the committee are A. Hartgerink, P. Stegenga, E. Luidens, H. Jekel, and P. Naber.
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.
Van Raalte, Albertus C., "Petition to the Governor of Michigan from a Large Number of Citizens in Ottawa County" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 29.
Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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.