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A long letter from B. H. Ploeg to J. Bijlsma of Grand Rapids was published on this date in De Hollander. One issue under discussion was the length of terms for elders and deacons. Ploeg said that two year terms had no basis in the Bible. Ploeg has been engaged in a long argument about the singing of hymns in the churches, a practice he disapproves of heartily. Ploeg's long letter gives an insight into many issues he has with the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church that the Classis of Holland joined in 1850.
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Ploeg, B. H. and Kennedy, Nella, "A Long Letter from B. H. Ploeg to J. Bijlsma Published in De Hollander" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 79.