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"Appeal to the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church about the necessity of a reformation based on God's Word as the only remedy by which a true linking of all the upright reformed people, separated as well as not separated Christians, can be achieved; by the Ministers of the Christian Separatist Churches in Ommen and Den Ham (Province of Overijssel); then is added in handwriting, A. C. Van Raalte and C. G. de Moen. Their names come at the end of the document on p. 13, and before the appendix.




In Dutch; translated by Simone Kennedy.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Appeal to the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church