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Willem Willemsz, a tailor of Utrecht, Netherlands, a member of the Utrecht congregation, was ar­rested there in 1562. He declared that he had not attended the Catholic Church since 1559, in which year he had bought a New Testament. Since 1560 he had attended Mennonite meetings, and was baptized in early 1561 by Elder Joost Verbeeck of Antwerp. Besides a New Testament he also possessed a copy of the first Dutch martyr book, Offer des Heeren (first ed. 1562). After being tortured two or three times Willem recanted and was ban­ished from the town on 12 May 1562, and sentenced to the galleys.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1903): 6, 7, 8 f., 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 25, 36; (1908): 126.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 47c, 398a.

Kühler, Wilhelmus Johannes. Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Doopsgezinden in de Zestiende Eeuw. Haarlem: H.D. Tjeenk Willink, 1932: I, 294.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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