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In a report in De Hollander of this date, the editor waxed eloquently that Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte has returned from his eleven week trip out East. During his absence, the Revs. Cornelius Vander Meulen, Peter Oggel, Seine Bolks, and John Van Vleck, conducted the worship services at the First Reformed Church. On his first Sunday back in the pulpit, Van Raalte preached on Psalm 78.1-8. "Our readers know the convincing power of his sermons...." The listeners were visibly touched by his message.
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Kennedy, Simone, "Report in De Hollander" (1857). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 12.