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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church, a report of the finances was made. Apparently Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present but Rev. Giles Van de Wall was. Total expenditures amounted to $948.06. The poor and school funds were short. Van de Wall "powerfully addressed the meeting" about the salary of the pastor. Then it was discussed how the goal could be reached. The amount of $800 for the pastor was approved unanimously with the exception of one negative vote. Negligent members were to be admonished to pay their share. The motion to enlarge the school of the congregation was voted down.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint Archives of Holland.


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 Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Notes on the Consistory of the First Reformed Church