Letter from John Van Vleck to Mr. and Mrs. Abner Hasbrouck
A letter to Mr. and Mrs. Abner Hasbrouck from the Rev. John Van Vleck, thanking them for their "liberal gift for our Institution." The school has wonderful students. He teaches six hours a day and has to study at least three. "By the untiring efforts, mainly by Rev. Van Raalte, $6,000 have been raised for this purpose [of a suitable building]. The building has been put up at the cost for building, furniture, etc, etc of $7,000. The extra $1,000 I have paid. There is also due me for board, books and cloathing (sic) of the students about $600." There are 40 students; all but one are pennyless. The sale of lumber brings very little return and the crops were poor.
"Letter from John Van Vleck to Mr. and Mrs. Abner Hasbrouck" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 426.