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The Twenty-Third Annual Report of the Board of Domestic Missions of the Ref. Protestant Dutch Church: presented to the General Synod at their annual meeting in New-Brunswick, N. J., June 6, 1855. Items of interest: p. 10: several churches in the Classis of Holland received grants of $50. The Holland Church, Rev. Van Raalte pastor, received seventeen members on confession and twenty-five on certificate. p. 31: Van Raalte's Church consists of 151 families and the congregation contributed $8.00 to the board. pp. 90-92: A full report by the Rev. A. C. Van Raalte, pastor of the Church of Holland, Ottawa Co., Michigan, on the state of the Holland church. The congregation is building a new church. "The pastor personally catechises the children." The pastor with his elders have made between 300 and 400 family visits. Benevolent giving is reported. Economic conditions during the past year were very bad yet the people gave generously out of their poverty. "...It is a peace loving church."

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6-6-1855

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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."

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The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.

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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.

The Twenty-Third Annual Report of the Board of Domestic Missions of the Ref. Protestant Dutch Church: Presented to the General Synod at Their Annual Meeting in New-Brunswick, N. J., June 6, 1855.

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