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A meeting of the Classis of Holland was held in the First Reformed Church of Holland. "By motion of Dr. Van Raalte, it was decided to appoint a committee to carry out the organization of a congregation" at Beaverdam, Michigan. Van Raalte was also elected to serve as a delegate to the Classis of Grand River. In addition, Van Raalte was requested to keep the Classis informed about the work in Virginia. Van Raalte addressed the Classis on mission work as well. Even though Van Raalte was now retired, he continued to take an active part in the work of the Classis, surely with the advancement of the Amelia colony cause in mind.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by William and Althea Buursma with annotations by Dr. William Kennedy.

Description of the document 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.



Meeting Minutes of the Classis of Holland