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This letter written by Rev. Anson Du Bois on 18 October 1869 was published in The Sower, a publication produced by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. at Hope College. It appeared in De Hope on 19 January 1870. The letter was addressed to the Board of the Domestic Missions of the Reformed Church in America. Du Bois is urging support of the Amelia Colony and in the establishment of congregations. Although there are Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian congregations already there, there is a need for RCA churches at Amelia Court House, Chula, and Mattoax. The Dutch families began to settle there the previous fall at the invitation of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. William B. Gilmore is assisting Du Bois in organizing a school "for English and other languages." The school is to be opened 6 October. Du Bois is a former secretary of the Board of Domestic Missions, 1859-1862. [It is interesting to note that the Mattoax congregation is still in existence but as a Presbyterian Church.]
Amelia Court House, Virginia
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Du Bois, Anson; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "This Letter Written by Rev. Anson Du Bois on 18 October 1869 Was Published in The Sower, a Publication Produced by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. at Hope College. It Appeared in De Hope on 19 January 1870." (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 5.