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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, new members were received. A member again requested to be reinstated and censure lifted. A copy of the letter refusing him his request is given fully in the minutes. Article 6 reads as follows: "The president reports that an answer to the protest sent to the Second Church about membership in the Masonic order has been received. In a very irenic manner they have given their reasons why they are of a different opinion than we. It was decided to bring the matter to classis and afterwards to synod."
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1867). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 420.