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Caspar Fagel, a Dutch statesman, studied law at the University of Utrecht 1648-1653, practiced law in The Hague, then became clerk of the States-General of the Netherlands 1670-1672 and finally grand pensionary (secretary) of this body. He was a member of the Reformed Church, and a champion of religious tolerance, especially on political grounds. The intercession of Fagel with the Dutch Stadholder Prince William of Orange brought about the release of Foeke Floris, a Mennonite preacher at Oostzaan, from persecution for "heresy." On 1 November 1688 the Mennonite Lamist congregation at Amsterdam and a number of churches in the neighborhood of Amsterdam sent a letter of thanks to Fagel, because he had declared that he would maintain absolute freedom of conscience wherever he could.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Fagel, Caspar (1634-1688)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 24 Jun 2017.,_Caspar_(1634-1688)&oldid=80665.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1956). Fagel, Caspar (1634-1688). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2017, from,_Caspar_(1634-1688)&oldid=80665.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 287. All rights reserved.

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