Minutes of the Classis of Holland


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.




Description of the document 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.



Minutes of the Classis of Holland