By the removal of Mr. Bassett in 1804, the church was left without a pastor. At this juncture, a meeting of the great consistory was called for the purpose of deliberating upon the concerns of the church, and to decide upon the call of a pastor. This body was composed of the acting board, and the surviving members of all former boards of consistory, and met on the 27th of May, 1805. The following members attended:
In early May 1815, the following notice appeared in an Albany newspaper. It was included in a section entitled "Notes from the Newspapers" - a feature of a number of volumes of Munsell's Annals of Albany:
Division of the Dutch Church — There were two edifices belonging to the Reformed Protestant Dutch congregation, which still remained united in one society, holding property in common, and usually designated as the North Dutch Church and the South Dutch Church. They were under the pastoral charge of the Rev. John M. Bradford and John De Witt. At this time there was some difference of feeling existing among the people, which led to a separation of interests, and a division of property. By an arrangement the North Church retained the ancient title, with Dr. Bradford as pastor, and the South Church assumed the title of the Second Reformed Protestant Dutch Church and retained Dr. De Witt.
The Great Consistory (which consisted of the existing members and surviving ex-members with the date for those who were deceased) was composed of the following persons at this time :
Printed as "Notes from the Newspapers" in volume 6 of the Annals of Albany, pp. 106-07. The "Notes" feature was explained further in Annals, volume 10, p. 381: "This closes the Notes from the Newspapers, and brings the events of the city down to the time when the Annals were, begun in 1847. See vol. 1, p. 159, and 341, and each succeeding volume, in which the events of the year are published to the close of 1858, forming a continuous chronicle of nearly ninety years, since the first newspaper was printed here."
General information on the Consistory online.
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first posted 8/20/08; last updated 3/8/13