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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."
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Scott, Charles, "Piece in the Christian Intelligencer" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 40.