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Article five in the minutes of the consistory of the First Reformed Church reads as follows: "It was decided that the family of Rev. van Raalte will continue to use the bench they are presently using and to add another bench next to it, reserving this for Rev. Pieters."
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Pieters, R.; Schrader, J.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1869). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 505.