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The Council of Hope College met in special session with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in the chair. A letter from Pres. Philip Phelps Jr. was read, explaining his absence. A letter from Rev. Walter Beardslee was read. He declined the position offered him as Financial Agent. Then Prof. Charles Scott was elected Financial Agent but he declined also. [This may have been the last meeting of the council that Van Raalte attended.]
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Otterness, Mary, "Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1875). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 251.