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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, elders Broek, Labots, Appeldoorn, Jonker, and Hekhuis and deacons de Weerd, Wilterdink, and Keppel were present at the Consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church of Holland. After the opening prayer, K. L. Mulder made confession of faith but Deacon Keppel made charges against him, one being that he desired to participate in worldly amusements on the Sabbath. Mulder denied the charge but before an announcement would be made of his confession, other witnesses needed to be heard from. The Consistory, upon the request of several widows, decided to ask the Holland Classis to make a ruling on the time which must elapse before remarriage can take place.




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 Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church