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A letter written by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte on this date was published in De Verzamelaar on May 25 in which Van Raalte proposes the construction of a Mission Ship. The purpose of the ship is to send it to various regions to make mission settlements. Since Rev. Peter Oggel had pledges of $5,000 for the founding of the college, the new college will have a special task to focus on outreach. The proposed ship will be 300 ton; the keel is scheduled to be laid on June 24; certain pieces of lumber are still needed; please drop them off at the Slag shipyard. On May 24, the Rev. Philip Phelps wrote the editor that the Synod of Chicago asked that the minutes of the academy be published in both Dutch and English. Phelps would see to that. The mission project is jointly supported by the Classes of Holland and Wisconsin. Further fund raising plans were underway. "The Mission Ship shall not only be used to bring teachers and their families to their destinations, but also to establish new mission settlements. On its first journey it will call at a port in the Netherlands." The theology department of the college will have a Professor of Missions. The Board of Missions of the Reformed Church in America will be intimately involved in the entire project.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Kennedy, Simone; and De Versamelaar, Hope College Collection, Joint Archives of Holland, "A Letter by A. C. Van Raalte Published in De Verzamelaar" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 558.