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In the minutes of the Consistory of Hope Church, Holland, Michigan, a copy of a letter from the Consistory of the First Reformed Church is inserted. Hope Church is urged not to accept Masons into the life of the congregation. The Consistory responded in a letter to the Consistory of the First Reformed Church on 9 April 1867, that says "The majority of us do not see the subject in the light that you do." It is a matter on which Christians may differ.




Holland, Michigan


In English; Transcription keyed to computer file by Judy Tanis Parr, June 2010.

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.

The Minutes of the Consistory of Hope Church