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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided at the meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which time a letter was read written by a Mr. Williamson, secretary of the Collegiate Church of New York. The clerk, namely, Van Raalte, was instructed to thank the church for their gift of $1,000.00 and request the monies be paid in small amounts of New York paper currency. Discussion was held about the validity of baptism of those people baptized in the Hervormde Kerk. This church was considered heretical by some but "...to declare an entire ecclesiastical body as heretical is only in God's domain." Van Raalte continues to serve as the clerk.
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Buursma, William and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1856). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 317.