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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.
Buursma, William; Buursma, Althea; and Kennedy, William, "Meeting Minutes of the Classis of Holland" (1869). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 587.