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Deacon de Weerd reported at a meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church that at the congregational meeting on Thanksgiving Day the members were nearly unanimous in approving the recommendation of the Consistory that each male member contribute $7.50 per year to the salary of their pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Opponents implied that was insufficient because the congregation was not providing free housing for the pastor. All payments for the salary support were to be made at Plugger's store. When someone supplied labor on the pastor's property, the pastor needed to provide a receipt. Those who wished to pay by contributing labor, that could only be done on the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month.




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