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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was present at this meeting of the Council of Hope College although Elder L. S. Viele was in the chair. Rev. Seine Bolks reported on his work accomplished as Collecting Agent of the council. Dr. and Mrs. Van Raalte gave thirty acres to the college. Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen and his wife gave property to the college. At the session on the 30th, it was reported that Dr. Isaac Ferris gave a number of books to the theological department. A notation would go into each volume that the book was given to "the Western Theological School..." Considerable time was spent on the financial difficulties of De Hope. The meeting concluded 31 March.
Minutes of the Council of Hope College, pp. 114-121.
Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 313.