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As a young man, Hendrik studied art in Amsterdam. He also served as an apprentice in his father’s box factory. During this time Hendrik experienced a sad series of deaths. His father died late in 1821 (when Hendrik was 16), his grandfather in 1822, his mother and his brother in 1827. At the age of 23, he became the sole survivor of his family, the inheritor of great wealth, a business, and a house.
 
As a young man, Hendrik studied art in Amsterdam. He also served as an apprentice in his father’s box factory. During this time Hendrik experienced a sad series of deaths. His father died late in 1821 (when Hendrik was 16), his grandfather in 1822, his mother and his brother in 1827. At the age of 23, he became the sole survivor of his family, the inheritor of great wealth, a business, and a house.
   
Although he had worked in his father’s factory, the business did not interest him, so he sold the family business and studied theology, philosophy, and political subjects at the University of Leiden. He became a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1827 or 1828, and after graduation, he became an ordained minister in that denomination.
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Although he had worked in his father’s factory, the business did not interest him, so he sold the family business and studied theology, philosophy, and political subjects at the University of Leiden. He became a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1927 or 1828, and after graduation, he became an ordained minister in that denomination.
   
 
Scholte married Sara Maria Brandt, daughter of a wealthy Amsterdam sugar refiner, only a month after finishing his ministerial training at Leyden in 1832. The young pastor and his wife began their ministry in Noord Brabant. Later in their marriage, they moved to the city of Utrecht.
 
Scholte married Sara Maria Brandt, daughter of a wealthy Amsterdam sugar refiner, only a month after finishing his ministerial training at Leyden in 1832. The young pastor and his wife began their ministry in Noord Brabant. Later in their marriage, they moved to the city of Utrecht.
   
 
Five daughter were born to Hendrik and Sara Maria. Only three - Sara, Maria and Johanna - survived infancy.<br />The young mother died a year-and-a-half after the birth of Johanna and was buried in Utrecht only days before her 38th birthday.
 
Five daughter were born to Hendrik and Sara Maria. Only three - Sara, Maria and Johanna - survived infancy.<br />The young mother died a year-and-a-half after the birth of Johanna and was buried in Utrecht only days before her 38th birthday.
 
 
==Secession==
 
==Secession==
 
Under Dutch law, the Reformed Church had been the only recognized Protestant denomination since the 1814 Constitution, which allowed for religious freedom - but only when applied to existing denomination. Under the Napoleanic Code, Seceeders were not allowed to hold meetings with more than 20 people without state permission.
 
Under Dutch law, the Reformed Church had been the only recognized Protestant denomination since the 1814 Constitution, which allowed for religious freedom - but only when applied to existing denomination. Under the Napoleanic Code, Seceeders were not allowed to hold meetings with more than 20 people without state permission.
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