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A report on "The Hollanders in Michigan," p. 2, which includes the reprint of a communication in the Christian Intelligencer which was published in the N. Y. Courier & Inquirer, and a letter of A. C. Van Raalte, written September 22. Van Raalte is refuting comments made by John Van Vleck who claimed that there "was danger of privation by failure of the harvest" in the Colony. Van Vleck had written to his sister implying that conditions were difficult. A.C.V.R. gives a very positive view of the Colony.




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.


Allegan Journal, October 25, 1858, p. 2.