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A column in the Grand Rapids Daily Eagle, p. 2, entitled, "Republican Meeting in Holland. The Hollanders Awake for Freedom." it was reported that "The first Republican meeting ever held in Holland assembled on Friday evening, the 6th inst., and was called to order by that true Republican and indefatigable worker for the interests of the Colony, John Roost. Nicholas Vyn was chosen chairman and Mr. Hoogesteger, secretary." People elected to the County Convention were John Roost, A. Flietstra, Nicholas Vyn, H. W. Verbeek, Isaac Capon [sic], E. Vanderveen and P. Salsman.




Description of the document 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.


Grand Rapids Daily Eagle, October 14, 1858, p. 2.