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In a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church, of which there is no mention of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte being present, a committee reported on J. Kleijn who was accused of Sabbath desecration. The gentleman was admonished and the "admonition had been comparatively well received by him." The consistory considered that Ploeg who wrote against the singing of hymns in De Hollander was worthy of censure but for the sake of peace in the church, judgment was withheld by the consistory. Gerrit Wakker signed the minutes as clerk.




Holland, Michigan


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.


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