Minutes of the Classis of Holland
Minutes of the Classis of Holland, "held in the church building of the Zeeland Congregation." Rev. Klein was in from Milwaukee and preached the sermon. Cornelius Vander Meulen was elected president and Albertus Van Raalte, clerk. Major items for discussion were: how soon should a widow marry; it was agreed that it is "proper for a woman to wait nine months and the man three months, but consider it inadvisable to make a law to that effect." there was a balance of $166 in the school fund; a commission was appointed for the acquisition of funds to assist the coming of immigrants; Klein and Lankester are appointed from Wisconsin; a member of the Holland church inquired if a member of a church could be a Freemason; "All look upon it as works of darkness, and thus unlawful for a (church) menber." 144 contributions from congregations are asked for to help brother William Van de Luister, who lost his barn and harvest to fire; a question was raised about the orthodoxy of the book by Richard Baxter, Call to the Unconverted; Van Raalte reported on his attendance at the meeting of the General Synod.
Van Der Meulen, C. and Van Raalte, A. C., "Minutes of the Classis of Holland" (1853). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 502.