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Rev. Philip Phelps Jr. and Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte were among those present at this session of the School Board of the Holland Academy. Rev. John Mason Ferris of Grand Rapids was also present. Two important guests were also present: a Dr. Taylor, vice president of the Board of Education of the denomination and Rev. John S. See, corresponding secretary of that board. Dr. Taylor may have been Benjamin Cook Taylor, pastor of the Old Bergen Reformed Church of Jersey City, New Jersey, or William James Romeyn Taylor, secretary of the American Bible Society. [See Historical Directory of the Reformed Church in America for details. See also a recognition of W. J. R. Taylor's link with Hope College, Minutes of the General Synod, 1892, p. 524.] The visitors were present "to acquire more intimate knowledge of the prospects and affairs of the Holland Academy, inquired after the Nature, power and some of the proceeding of the present School Board of the Holland Academy, concerning which there seemed to be some ignorance or misunderstanding." Both Van Raalte and Phelps spoke to the issues and apparently the visitors were satisfied with the information with which they were provided.
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Zwemer, Adrian, "Meeting Minutes of the School Board of the Holland Academy" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 176.