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"Saml B. Schieffelin Esq. Dear Sir! Bearer Mr. John Roost Supervisor of Town Holland about whom and his object I wrote you is by this introduction letter Verij much recommended to your kindness sympathy and aid by your obliged Friend A. C. Van Raalte Holland Ottawa Mich July [day obliterated by an ink spot] 858." Roost has been sent by the Holland Harbor Board to canvass the eastern RCA churches and friends to raise money for the harbor project.
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Van Raalte, A. C., "Letter from A. C. Van Raalte to Saml B. Schieffelin" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 52.