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Deacon de Weerd reported at a meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church that at the congregational meeting on Thanksgiving Day the members were nearly unanimous in approving the recommendation of the Consistory that each male member contribute $7.50 per year to the salary of their pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Opponents implied that was insufficient because the congregation was not providing free housing for the pastor. All payments for the salary support were to be made at Plugger's store. When someone supplied labor on the pastor's property, the pastor needed to provide a receipt. Those who wished to pay by contributing labor, that could only be done on the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month.
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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. 391.