William Buursma



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The Consistory of the First Reformed Church met with consistory representatives of other congregations in the Classis of Holland concerning the problems that Editor Doesburg and his paper, De Hollander, were causing in the Holland Colony. Other communities represented were Graafschap, Drenthe, and Overisel. The group came to the decision that Doesburg needed to be rebuked. If he did not repent of his actions, he would be disciplined and refused the Lord's Supper. "Brother" [Jan?] Binnekant was also to be rebuked for publicly insulting Rev. Van Raalte. If he did not publish an apology, he, too, would be disciplined. Doesburg was commanded to make known the names of all persons who published items in De Hollander and they would also be disciplined.




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