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The Masonic controversy was now underway. De Hollander published a long report on the meeting of the Classis of Holland that met in Holland on September 3 and 4. Several ministers were quoted: [Peter?] de Pree, Jacob van der Meulen, H. Uiterwijk, Jan Broek, Chr. Van der Veen, John van der Meulen, and Dr. Philip Phelps. De Pree quoted Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte who spoke to the masonry issue at a classis meeting six years ago: "Do not make foolish decisions, but try to protect what we have.' The Rev. Van Raalte then proposed a resolution in which he urged First Church to work individually on the Freemasons in their church." Elder Keppel made it clear that the permission to use the sanctuary of First Reformed Church was allowed but the consistory did not invite Edmond Ronayne to speak.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy, 2003.

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.

De Hollander Published a Long Report on the Meeting of the Classis of Holland That Met in Holland on September 3 and 4