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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present at first, Elder Oonk was chosen as chairman. Then the pastor entered the meeting. Several matters were dealt with. Article nine recorded "A proposal that former members of the congregation, who had gone along with the Secessionists for a period of time but now gradually were returning to the services," people such as Schrader and wife, L. Schaddelee and wife, and Mrs. Boezel. Also, "A bill was received from W. Brouwer for tolling the bell at the time of the assassination of our president, the late Abraham Lincoln. It was decided that this bill does not belong here, and the clerk will so inform him." It was also decided the pastor will receive $100 from the pew rental fund in addition to his salary.




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