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A "Report on Hope College--its finances and management--the president and faculty requested to resign," appeared in the Holland City News, p. 1, and gave the details of the momentous decision by the General Synod as to why it decided to suspend theological education at Hope College. An excerpt from the Synod committee's report is as follows: "Your committee, while sympathizing largely in this estimate of the importance of maintaining a sound theology in the churches, and while able with the whole church, to testify to an ardent admiration of that great and good man, Albertus C. Van Raalte, and while recognizing the graceful propriety there is in attaching his name to a professorships in theology, still do not and can not sink out of sight other and very essential interests." On page 4, the editor gives his view of the whole situation.
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"A "Report on Hope College--Its Finances and Management--The President and Faculty Requested to Resign," Appeared in the Holland City News" (1878). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 301.