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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 couple asked for baptism for their child although they were not members of the church. "The members of the assembly express differing points of view and are not able, as is the practice of neightboring ministers, to accommodate themselves to the wishes of individuals." The father was admonished to "investigate the divine truths," be admitted as a member and then have the child baptized. A Mr. G. van Putten asked to have half of the amount he was owed for the building of the church to be paid him.
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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. 84.