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A call from the Graafschap Consistory was made to the Rev. Helkius de Cock who lived in the Netherlands. The writer of the document said that Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte did not sign the call for some unknown reason. Elders who signed were H. Strabbing, H. Schrotenboer, J. Rutgers, and Steven Lukas; and deacons, J. F. van Anrooy and M. Naeijghe document also included responses to the seven questions which de Cock had asked about Graafschap, its environs, the state of the parsonage, etc




Graafschap, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Harry Boonstra,1973, and with transcriptions and corrections made by Nella Kennedy, May, 2003.

Description of the document and reference to the Gereformeerde Kerken, Stadsarchief Rotterdam, 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.


Stadsarchief Rotterdam, Archief Gereformeerde Kerken


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A Call from the Graafschap Consistory Was Made to the Rev. Helkius de Cock Who Lived in the Netherlands