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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, several members were received and discipline cases handled. The clerk, Gerrit Wakker, disagreed with the decision made about the person accused with "misuse of hard liquor." Wakker felt the consistory did not follow the church order of Dort in this matter. In spite of the differences at this meeting, "the brothers declare that they are able, in love and peace, to commune together. However, Brothers Broek and de Vries did wish that Brothers Keppel and te Roller had expressed more condemnation of certain music and torch lighting on the occasion of a recent Republican gathering." In an appended note there was a discussion about the use of funds from the Schenk legacy.




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