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At a consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, only seven members were present. It was understood that there would also be English speaking congregations "since the language of preference will sooner or later become English."
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakker, G.; Buursma, WIlliam; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 168.