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In a letter signed by Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen and Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, reported the Rev. Cornelius van der Meulen and elder Van der Luyster would not be able to attend the special session of the synod in October. However, the delegates wished to go on record that the application of "some sister churches in the South" [the North Carolina Classis of the German Reformed Church] not be allowed into the denomination because of their position on slavery. The letter is not in Van Raalte's handwriting.
Holland, Ottawa Co. Mich.
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Vander Meulen, Cornelius and Raalte, A. C., "Letter from Cornelius Vander Meulen and A. C. Van Raalte to the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church" (1855). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 301.