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This meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church was poorly attended. Only the pastor, Rev. Albertus A. Van Raalte, elders Broek, Jonker, Wilterdink and deacons Wilterdink and de Weerd were present. At the close of the meeting, it was ruled that absent members were to give the reason for their absence. It was reported that James Veneklaassen had stolen an otter from a trap owned by an Indian. He must confess his sin. A Mr. Hudson accused Brink and D. Hekhuis of stealing young fruit trees as well as boards and hay. Elder Wilterdink was designated to contact Hudson about the allegations. Consistory accepted the offer of an anonymous donor for a gift of $15 to begin a church library under the condition that others contribute a matching gift of $30.




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