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Both Dr. John L. See, secretary of the Board of Education of the Reformed Church in America, and Dr. David Cole, representing the General Synod, were present at this meeting of the Council of Hope College that met for three days, concluding on February 26th. Most of the sessions were concerned with college finances but no particulars were given by the secretary in his minutes. It was mentioned that Rev. Giles Mandeville was on campus to lecture to the Fraternal Society. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present. Rev. John H. Karsten took the chair. The council was optimistic that enough money would be collected for the Ebenezer Fund that its interest would fund the expenses of the Grammar School.
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Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1875). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 236.