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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and Gerrit Wakker served as clerk, a considerable discussion was held about a horse deal. The seller, a Mr. Mulder, claimed that Elder Teunis Keppel had no right to reneg on a deal. The consistory decided it was not competent to make a judgement and instead admonished the parties to settle their differences in a Christian manner. The entire meeting was taken up with this issue.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakker, Gerrit; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 83.