William Buursma



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At a meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Wilterdink, Broek, Hekhuis, Appeldoorn, and Labots, elders, and de Weerd, Wilterdink, Plugger, van den Berg, and Keppel, deacons, were present. The Consistory first dealt with the problem of a pig. Mr. Pilon entered a complaint against Deacon de Weerd that de Weerd had slaughtered one of his pigs, which de Weerd denied. The matter was settled by de Weerd paying Pilon two dollars, Van Raalte gave one dollar and the other Consistory members provided the other dollar for a total of four dollars which Pilon requested. Many other matters were under consideration including the decision that Rev. van Raalte will preach on New Year's day when pews will also be rented. Principal Taylor of the school and his family may choose any bench they desire.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William Buursma.

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 of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church