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Many members of the congregation of the First Reformed Church appeared at this meeting of the Consistory. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and wrote up the minutes. Several people made it known to the Consistory that Abraham Krabshuis was unfit to serve as an elder. Protests were made against the election of some other Consistory members. Van Raalte did his best to pour oil on troubled waters. These minutes give a good picture of the feelings of many members of the congregation and their divergence of points of view.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Buursma, William, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1855). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 277.