Loosjes, Adriaan (1761-1818)

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Loosjes, Adriaan, a son of Petrus Loosjes and Sijtje Oudt, was born 13 May 1761 at Den Hoorn on the island of Texel, and died 28 February 1818 at Haarlem. He studied theology at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, but never went into the ministry; after finishing his studies he prepared himself for the book business, opening a bookstore in Haarlem in 1782 and soon after a publishing house, which still existed under the name of Erven Loosjes in the early 20th century. He took a prominent place in the cultural life of his town and his times. Loosjes wrote a large number of novels, of which Het leeven van Maurits Lijnslager (1808) and Hillegonda Buisman (1814) are the best known. Particularly his Maurits Lijnslager, which because of its patriotic spirit was the favorite book of the youth during the life of its author and even after, was highly appreciated. He also published some volumes of poems and a number of plays. Loosjes was president of the Teyler Society. In his capacity as moderator of the Mennonite church board he held an address in 1809 to commemorate the union of the two Mennonite congregations of Haarlem in 1784; this paper, Bij Gelegenheid van het Vriedenmaal was also published (n.p., n.d.). For a few years he was manager of the Mennonite orphanage at Haarlem.

Loosjes, who about 1790 was an ardent Patriot, also held some political offices, being a member of the Haarlem "Weeskamer" (Orphans' court) and the provincial government of Holland in 1796.

He was married to Cornelia Johanna Herdingh (1765-1841) of Leiden.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 390-391. All rights reserved.

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