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"Synodical Reports on the State of the Churches," by Cornelius C. Van Arsdale, printed in The Acts and Proceedings of the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America, convened in the city of Williamsburgh [New York], June, 1852, pp. 228-233. The writer of the report makes a reference to the Holland Classis churches and members on page 231. The immigrants are able to "rejoice in the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit, to a degree unparalleled by any similar number of immigrants that have ever visited our shores." These people are reported to have agreed "to devote a tenth part of all their income to religious purposes."




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.