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The Council of Hope College met in special session with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in the chair. Prof. Crispell was present as a representative of the faculty. The gift of $5,000 from James Suydam was duly noted. That tract of land owned by Hope College on the north side of Black Lake would henceforth be called the James Suydam Farm of Hope College. Other major gifts were announced. Van Raalte "made a report on his labors in the East for the endowment." The duties of the treasurer were outlined with considerable detail. Rev. E. C. Oggel was appointed editor of De Hope. Changes in teaching loads were made in view of the recent death of Prof. Pieter J. Oggel.
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Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "The Council of Hope College Minutes" (1870). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 2.