Vlamingh, Hans (d. ca. 1672)

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Hans Vlamingh (d. ca. 1672 at Amsterdam), a Men­nonite merchant in Amsterdam who took a warm interest in the oppressed and persecuted Swiss Breth­ren in the canton of Bern. He sent several letters to the authorities at Bern, two of them dated 24 October 1659, and 16 April 1660, which were pub­lished by Ernst Müller. Vlamingh presents a lengthy declaration of the innocence of the Swiss Brethren and the obligation of the state to grant them the free exercise of their religion. Besides his interven­tion Vlamingh started a relief action in the Amster­dam Zonist congregation, in which also the Lamist congregation participated. A Commission for Swiss Matters was appointed (which later developed into the general Mennonite Commit­tee for Foreign Needs), on which Vlamingh served as secretary and treasurer. In 1671 he corresponded with Swiss leaders who had recently immigrated to the Palatinate, e.g., Valentin Huthwohl, Johann Clemens, and Jacob Everlinck. From the Palatine Mennonites he received a letter of thanks with a list of the Mennonites who had immigrated into the Palatinate from Switzerland. Vlamingh, whom Ottius called "Hans Flamming, a Mennonite, a merchant of Amsterdam, an honest and reliable man," was a loyal Mennonite.

In 1639 Vlamingh was active in the merger of the Frisian-High German congregation of Amsterdam with the Flemish "bij't Lam" church. In the same year he was at Utrecht to bring about a similar union between the Frisian and Flemish con­gregations. In 1639 and from 1656 he was a deacon of the Lamist church. In the schism of 1664 (see Lammerenkrijgh) Vlamingh sided with the con­servative Zonists and served as a deacon in the Zonist church as well as treasurer from the beginning. In this capacity he asked the Lamists for a division of the church property.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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