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A report, written on this date, was published in De Hope, Holland, Michigan, on June 21, about the attendance of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte at the synod of the Christian Separated Church in the Netherlands, the church which Van Raalte served from 1836 to 1846. Van Raalte was pleased with the welcome he received at the synod. The mother church now had 300 congregations and 80,000 members, much to Van Raalte's delight. Van Raalte was introduced to the assembly by his brother-in-law, Anthony Brummelkamp, and invited to address the assembly. He was pleased that the church in the Netherlands had done so well. V.R. related how in the early days the people were oppressed and trampled upon. Van Raalte made clear that the Reformed Church in America acknowledged the confessions of faith. Undoubtedly he was trying to counteract the Christian Reformed Church critics in the America who tried to discredit Van Raalte and the RCA in the Netherlands. In a news report in the Dutch paper, De Bazuin, Van Raalte was asked to stay as an advisor and was seated next to the seminary professors, indicating the high esteem he still held in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Editoral Staff and Kennedy, Simone, "Report Published in De Hope" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 370.
Translation by Simone Kennedy.
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.