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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.


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.

Letter from Cornelius Vander Meulen and A. C. Van Raalte to the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church