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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and also served as clerk, Van Raalte pointed out the necessity of attending district school meetings; if not, "...matters will be decided by non-Christians." V.R. also mentioned that he was experiencing difficulties because he was not receiving regular salary payments. He also made a brief report on his trip to Pella but did not give any details.
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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. 348.