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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church, a report of the finances was made. Apparently Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present but Rev. Giles Van de Wall was. Total expenditures amounted to $948.06. The poor and school funds were short. Van de Wall "powerfully addressed the meeting" about the salary of the pastor. Then it was discussed how the goal could be reached. The amount of $800 for the pastor was approved unanimously with the exception of one negative vote. Negligent members were to be admonished to pay their share. The motion to enlarge the school of the congregation was voted down.
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Wakker, G.; van de Wall, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes on the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 155.