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An essay by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, on "Colonization and Education," published in De Hope, October 13, 1869, who has returned to Holland, from where V.R. is writing, having returned apparently from Amelia, Virginia, and saying that a Mr. S. Bolks has returned from the East where he was raising money "for our Education Foundation." Bolks was also asked to establish churches in the Amelia Colony and was successful in organizing three of them in Amelia, Matoax, and Chula respectively. (The Matoax church is the only one to survive and is a Presbyterian church today.) Van Raalte reported that in spite of the drought in Virginia, the farmers are having reasonable yields of grain. The Amelia Institute for higher and lower education has been established in a renovated hotel and headed by Dr. [Anson] Du Bois. William Gilmore, V.R.'s son-in-law and a graduate of Hope College, is also teaching there. V.R. noted "we can humbly thank God that He uses our people and our Institute Hope College to establish centers of education and inspiration in other regions of our vast country." And, "We, the Dutch, have as a Christian people a calling towards the Dutch and Holland-America emigration, and also towards this country—vast in size and influence—in which God has placed us."
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Simone, "An Essay by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, on "Colonization and Education," Published in De Hope, October 13, 1869" (1869). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 523.