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At this meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church attended by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, elders Wilterdink, Hekhuis, and Labots and deacon Keppel, [Kommer?] Schadelee appeared to prove that Brother de Vries did not need to have seventy-five cents a week for the care of the orphan, P. van der Tak. Consistory reversed itself on the decision made at a previous meeting and relinquished the care of the child to Schadelee. Consistory nominated two more elders to serve on Consistory to meet the current needs of the congregation. A discussion was held how to support parents living farther away to send their children to the [Pioneer?] school. The issue was coming up before Holland Classis also.




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