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At a meeting of the Council of Hope College, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte took the chair. A total of twelve members were present. Pres. Philip Phelps Jr., acting as treasurer and gave a report. The report was seven pages in length. [See the report in file dated 15 September 1869.] Rev. William B. Gilmore declined his appointment as Rector of the Grammar School. "Also one [a letter] from the Rev. Doctor Van Raalte accepting his appointment." [which was ??] During the illness of Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, Rev. Roelof Pieters was asked to take his place in Catechetical Instruction as well as [Rev. Jacob??] Van Der Meulen. At the 17 September session, it was noted that Van Raalte would visit churches to raise money for the institution.
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Stewart, Abel T., "Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1869). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 521.