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The Consistory of the First Reformed Church of Holland held a meeting at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was accused by Mr. and Mrs. Hoogenhorst who complained about the payment of taxes on land that they purchased from the pastor. The complainants were not present. If they wished to pursue the matter they needed to come to a consistory meeting or go to Holland Classis. Brother Hellental appeared at the meeting because he and Brother Krabshuis felt that they were unjustly accused by Deacon Plugger of being Remonstrants.The contracts for the new building were ready to be let. Members present were the pastor, elders Jonker, Labots, and Appeldoom and deacons Wilterdink, de Weerd, Keppel, and Plugger. The pastor served as the clerk.




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