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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.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Nella Kennedy, April, 2006.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

A Long Letter from B. H. Ploeg to J. Bijlsma Published in De Hollander