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At this meeting of the Board of Regents of the Holland Academy, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not among those present. The regents noted that there was a difference in the account books of Van Raalte and Rev. John Van Vleck. The necessary changes were asked for by the board to account for the differences. The Van Vlecks submitted a board bill of $164.45. Article five read as follows: "Resolved—that he (V. Vleck) be permitted to make a statement of some affairs, wh. have occurred between himself and Dr. [or Ds.] Van Raalte. Later in the meeting Van Vleck's resignation was noted and a statement made: "Resolved—That, in view of the gifts and qualifications with which God has adorned this brother, of the pleasure which his stay among us had afforded us, of the unpleasant circustances which oblige him to leave us, we regret his indisposition, and hope that God may restore his health, so as to enable him to be useful in his Church, and that his plan may soon be filled in order that the work of training the young may proceed." Van Vleck would be leaving Holland next Monday and no successor was yet appointed. The meeting was adjourned with prayer by Rev. Van Vleck.




Holland, Michigan


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 Notes of the Board of Regents of the Holland Academy