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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was in the chair for this meeting of the executive committee of the Council of Hope College. The meeting was attended by Pres. Philip Phelps Jr., Rev. Christiaan Vander Veen, Rev. Abel T. Stewart and Elder Dr. Bernardus Ledeboer. C. Doesburg reported on endowment interest he collected. Gerrit Kollen had collected for De Hope. Amounts of insurance for college buildings was listed. The executive committee resumed its meeting on 29 October with Van Raalte in the chair. The subject for discussion at the meeting was primary and female education. Several actions were taken. The female and primary departments would be united for the time being. Rev. William B. Gilmore and Mrs. Owen Van Olinda were to be engaged as teachers. The record gave the impression that Pres. Phelps had failed to follow up on action taken at the council of Hope College 15 June 1870. [In view of the tension seen in the letter of Van Raalte to Vander Veen 23 October 1872, Van Raalte and Phelps may not have been getting along well at this time.]
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Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "The Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Council of Hope College" (1872). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 130.