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The members of the Separatist congregation in Ommen again petition the king for official recognition. The nearly fifty members of the congregation who signed this petition agreed to the stipulations of the king's declaration of 9 January, including "That we assume the costs of our religion as well as the needs of our poor, without burdening the state." The document is significant for several reasons including the list of names of the persons who signed the petition including Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, and his wife, Christina J. Van Raalte.




Ommen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, April, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to the National Archives of the Netherlands 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 National Archives of the Netherlands.


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 National Archives of the Netherlands.

Petition from the Seperatist Congregation in Ommen