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David McNeish, stated clerk of the Classis of Michigan, wrote the Board of the Education of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church as well as the Board of Domestic Missions. [See file, same date.] Resolution one of the classis was: "That this Classis urge upon our Board of Education the necessity of establishing in the Village of Holland an Academy in which can be taught the pious youth of the Churches who have the ministry or teaching as a profession in view." The second resolution read: "That it be recommended to the B. of Edn to confer with our Board of Dom. Miss. With regard to the propriety of appointing a minister of our church to teach [in] such Academy & preach, in English, once each Sabbath." McNeish followed with a lengthy rationale for the request. He said that the Colony now numbered six thousand people in addition to the number of immigrants in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Constantine St. Joseph Co. Michigan
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McNeish, David, "David McNeish, Stated Clerk of the Classis of Michigan, Wrote the Board of the Education of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church As Well As the Board of Domestic Missions." (1854). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 405.