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This meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church was poorly attended. Only the pastor, Rev. Albertus A. Van Raalte, elders Broek, Jonker, Wilterdink and deacons Wilterdink and de Weerd were present. At the close of the meeting, it was ruled that absent members were to give the reason for their absence. It was reported that James Veneklaassen had stolen an otter from a trap owned by an Indian. He must confess his sin. A Mr. Hudson accused Brink and D. Hekhuis of stealing young fruit trees as well as boards and hay. Elder Wilterdink was designated to contact Hudson about the allegations. Consistory accepted the offer of an anonymous donor for a gift of $15 to begin a church library under the condition that others contribute a matching gift of $30.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Buursma, William, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1854). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 407.