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In a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, he reported that the Holland Classis decided to assess the members of each congregation 75 cents "for the maintenance and extension of this Institution so important to us." [I think we can assume that the assessment was for the Holland Academy where college classes were inaugurated by Rev. Philip Phelps just that fall.]
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1862). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 136.
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.