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The report of the visit of Albertus C. Van Raalte in the Minutes of the Particular Synod of Albany, pp. 22-23, who made application for the reception of the Classis of Holland into the Synod. The Synod adopted the following resolution: Resolved, That whereas the delegate of the Classis of Holland, in Michigan, has represented to this Synod, that here are many portions of the flock of Christ that have emigrated from Holland, scattered about in separate localities, and constantly increasing by new accessions, and yet unable to call and support pastors, and are therefore likely to be perverted in faith, and swallowed up by errorists and strangers around, and therefore that it is exceedingly desirable that they shall have some competent persons to visit them statedly, and preach to them the word of life; therefore this Synod do earnestly sympathize with these destitute brethren, and would recommend their case to General Synod, to provide p. 23: for them ministers, itinerants, colporteurs, as shall seem best adapted to their situation.




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.

The Report of the Visit of Albertus C. Van Raalte in the Minutes of the Particular Synod of Albany, pp. 22-23, Who Made Application for the Reception of the Classis of Holland Into the Synod