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Albertus C. Van Raalte informed the Classis of Holland on April 29, 1852, that he had received a letter from the Rev. J. J. Schepers written on February 18 which requests that the Classis install Schepers as pastor of the congregation. However, the congregation does not promise "to unite with the Albany denomination." But Van Raalte and the Classis feel that this congregation had no right to leave the congregation in Graafschap and without authorization appointed Schepers as pastor.




South Holland, [Michigan], the area just of the city of Holland, at about 40th and Washington Ave. today


Translation in the Classis of Holland 1848-1858, p. 91.

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.

Minutes of the Classis of Holland