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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided at the meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which time a letter was read written by a Mr. Williamson, secretary of the Collegiate Church of New York. The clerk, namely, Van Raalte, was instructed to thank the church for their gift of $1,000.00 and request the monies be paid in small amounts of New York paper currency. Discussion was held about the validity of baptism of those people baptized in the Hervormde Kerk. This church was considered heretical by some but " declare an entire ecclesiastical body as heretical is only in God's domain." Van Raalte continues to serve as the clerk.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.

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 Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church