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At the meeting of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, held at Hudson, New York, the Committee on the Professorate made an extensive report. Much of the report dealt with issues at Hope College. One issue was the relationship of the theological school located at Hope College with Hope. Another issue was the proposal of Rev. Philip Phelps and Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to make Hope College into a university. Professors T. Romeyn Beck, Charles Scott and Cornelius E. Crispell, professors at Hope College, sent a paper dissenting from the proposal to make Hope a university. "Your Committee find that the views of the respective parties are radically and resolutely opposed. The questions involve very delicate and complicated relations and immense responsibilities," (p. 482). Van Raalte was in attendance at this meeting. The committee submitted many resolutions but there is nothing in the minutes as to how the synod dealt with them.
Hudson, New York
The Acts and Proceedings of the General Synod of the Reformed Church In America, convened in regular session in the City of Hudson, N. Y., in June, 1868, pp. 472, 480-485.
Board of Publication of the Reformed Church, "The Acts and Proceedings of the General Synod of the Reformed Church In America, Convened in Regular Session in the City of Hudson, N. Y., in June, 1868. pp. 472, 480-485" (1868). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 578.