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The entire meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church was taken up with the issue of the arrears in Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's salary. He was promised $600 per year but in 1852 he received $251.00 and so far in 1853, $240.00. One reason for the arrears some felt was that so much of the offerings of the congregation went to outside causes. It was known that the pastor was also willing to receive his salary in the form of donated labor on his property so that V.R. was not forced to sell his property needlessly and at a lower price to satisfy his creditors. It was decided that every male member was obligated to work one day a month for the pastor's salary, calculated as sixty-two and one-half cents for a day's pay. That would add up to $7.50 per year. Van Raalte served as clerk of the meeting.




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