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A letter of the Classis of Amsterdam to the Committee of the Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church. A friendly exchange of greetings possibly encouraged by the Rev. Dr. Thomas De Witt of New York who is mentioned in the body of the letter as well as John Romeyn Brodhead who had searched for colonial documents in the Netherlands and which he published. Two quotes: "In consequence of the revolution of 1795, our church ceased to be the ruling church, and over other church organization favored with exclusive priviliges." (p. 520); and a comment on the Afgescheidenen,"On the other hand, there are a number acting rashly, and without consideration have inclined to separation, and promoted the same, so that in several places separate churches have been formed, and are acknowledged by the government." (p. 521).




Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Description of the document 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 Acts and Proceedings of the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America from September, 1841, to June, 1845, Inclusive. With Copious Index. Vol. VI, New York, 1846.

A Letter of the Classis of Amsterdam to the Committee of the Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church.