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In the minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church, it was reported that the costs of building the new church were more than expected. Cutbacks were designated and permission was granted to borrow $100 to purchase the wood to finish work on the church floor. Also, only $350 had been contributed to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's salary during the current year. At a congregational meeting on the same day, $7.50 was declared due from every member. "Payment in work or goods will no longer take place."
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Buursma, William, "Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1854). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 262.