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Kommer Schaddelee published another article in De Grondwet. This one was entitled "Not Listening to the Timely Advice of The Late Rev. A. C. Van Raalte, D.D." He quoted a statement made by Van Raalte from the minutes of the consistory of First Reformed Church of 13 October 1873: "Membership in the Free Masons is not, in itself an adequate reason to excommunicate a person. For that, there would need to be sins committed because of membership in the Free Masons, such as breaking the moral law. Otherwise, Classis will ever give its approval, and I, for one, will oppose it as long as I can." He referred to the alleged "arrogance" of Elder Teunis Keppel.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by William and Althea Buursma.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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."


The original documents are held in the Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

Kommer Schaddelee Published Another Article in De Grondwet. This One Was Entitled,