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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.
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An Observer and Kennedy, Simone, "De Hollander Published a Long Report on the Meeting of the Classis of Holland That Met in Holland on September 3 and 4" (1879). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 309.