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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and at which Gerrit Wakker served as clerk, a few major items came to its attention and the minutes were unusually long. One person who appeared had suffered loss by fire because his neighbor had burned trees nearby. Another person had a major difference with an elder and sought help. Elder Wilterdink was asked why he has neglected his duties and no longer came to church. He was in contention with Elder Broek. A great deal of time and attention was paid Wilterdink. The meeting concluded at a "late hour."
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; Wakker, Gerrit; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 54.
In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.
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.