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The entire meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church was taken up with the issue of the arrears in Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's salary. He was promised $600 per year but in 1852 he received $251.00 and so far in 1853, $240.00. One reason for the arrears some felt was that so much of the offerings of the congregation went to outside causes. It was known that the pastor was also willing to receive his salary in the form of donated labor on his property so that V.R. was not forced to sell his property needlessly and at a lower price to satisfy his creditors. It was decided that every male member was obligated to work one day a month for the pastor's salary, calculated as sixty-two and one-half cents for a day's pay. That would add up to $7.50 per year. Van Raalte served as clerk of the meeting.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Buursma, William, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1853). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 389.