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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, it was decided to take an offering for the New Brunswick Seminary for the purpose of furnishings. [Hertzog Hall was constructed this year.] The pastor would travel to Utica, New York, to attend the meeting of the General Synod. Rev. John Van Vleck, principal of the Holland Academy, would be invited to preach in his absence but in the Dutch language.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1856). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 329.