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The Doesburg affair again took up the entire time of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church at its meeting on this date. The issue now was whether or not Editor Doesburg had made a sincere confession but had been pressured to do so by Rev. Martin Ypma of Vriesland. The consistory presented a statement on the whole situation to the congregation on 16 May. The members at this meeting were Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, elders H. Broek, G. J. Hekhuis, J. A. Wilterdink, J. Broersma, and J. Labots and deacons A. de Weerd, G. W. Wilterdink, A. Plugger, P. van den Berg, and Keppel.




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