Complaint by Some Members of the Dutch Reformed Church, Living at Raritan, etc in [...] New Jersey [...] about the Behavior [...] of Dominie Theodorus Jacobus Frilinghuisen and his Church Council


In 1664, the Dutch colony of New Netherland ceased to exist when Governor Peter Stuyvesant was forced to surrender New Amsterdam--soon to be renamed New York--to an English fleet. Many residents of what became the British colonies of New York and New Jersey continued to speak Dutch and to worship in churches where services were conducted in Dutch. This pamphlet, published in New York in 1725, concerns a dispute within a Dutch Reformed congregation in Raritan, "in the Province of New Jersey, in North America, under the Crown of Great Britain," involving the minister, Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen, and members of his congregation. Born in the Netherlands in 1691, Frelinghuysen studied theology and was ordained a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church at the age of 26. In 1720, he immigrated to New Jersey to establish a church for the Dutch settlements along the Raritan River in Somerset and Middlesex counties, New Jersey. Many of his sermons were published both in the original Dutch and in English translations. Frelinghuysen had five sons, all of whom became ministers, and two daughters, both of whom married ministers, and is considered the founder of the Frelinghuysen family in New Jersey.

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William Bradford and J. Peter Zenger, New York


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Klagte Van Eenige Leeden der Nederduytse hervormde kerk, Woonende op Raretans, etc [...] Nieu-Jersey [...] Over het gedrag [...] van Do. Theodorus Jacobus Frilinghuisen, Met syn Kerken- Raaden

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Pamphlet, printed paper, 16 x 20 centimeters


Last updated: September 22, 2014