Charles Scott



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In The Christian Intelligencer of this date, the writer "W" [possibly Rev. Charles Scott] gives his final word on the subject of the Holland Academy about which he wrote in the December 1, 1859 issue. "For the present, it is not best to continue the discussion on [the] Holland Academy. Dr. Van Raalte is urging his appeal with success; and Rev. Mr. Phelps seems to say that his stay in Michigan, or, at least, his comfort there, depends upon the success of that appeal. The services of Mr. P[helps], in the station now occupied by him, are too valuable to be lost. So far as he is concerned, I have no desire to vote or act in the negative. Let the contemplated improvements be made, provided no debt be thereby entailed upon the General Synod." Since suspicion exists that the writer,] "W," is John Van Vleck, "W" says, ...let me do Mr. Van Vleck the justice of saying that he is in no way responsible for what was written."




New York, New York


Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Piece in the Christian Intelligencer