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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.
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Gilmore, W. B. and Parr, Judy Tanis, "The Minutes of the Consistory of Hope Church" (1867). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 403.