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At a congregational meeting of the First Reformed Church attended by the consistory and the male members and at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and also served as clerk, V.R. reported on the giving to benevolent causes. All the giving to causes were below $100 with the exception of $780 for the collection for the poor and $600 for the building fund. There were several large gifts but there was evidence that many members were "neglecting their responsibilities." V.R. read the letter he had written to the consistory. Many in the congregation desired he decline the call. "The congregation was ready to grant him unrestricted permission to assist the congregation there and, at the same time, he would continue to work for the erection of the necessary academic buildings [of the Holland Academy]." A large majority approved this action.
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes for the Congregational Meeting of the First Reformed Church" (1856). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 353.