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The executive committee of the Council of Hope College met in the study of Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. Only Rev. Peter J. Oggel and Rev. Abel T. Stewart were the only other members present. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present due to his absence in the Netherlands. The committee took "immediate measures to establish a Germinal Class for the Ladies."
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Stewart, Abel T., "The Executive Committee of the Council of Hope College" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 385.