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The Consistory of the First Reformed Church consisting of Rev. Albertus Van Raalte, elders H. Broek,J. A. Wilterdink, W. Appeldoorn, G. J. Hekhuis, J. Labots, and deacons, A. de Weerd, G. W. Wilterdink, and T. Keppel at this meeting heard from three members of the congregation who felt that the Consistory had not done enough to restore and honor the name of the pastor due to the controversy raised by Editor Doesburg in his paper. Van Raalte's response that it was simply necessary for him to bear this all patiently with warm love.




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