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The Council of Hope College met on the 23rdin the newly finished library but a quorum was not present so the regular meeting was held the next day with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in the chair. Prof. Charles Scott was present as an advisory member of the council. The order of examinations was presented to the council. It was reported that a lady from Amsterdam, New York, gave the college twenty-two books and the theological department, eighty-six volumes. The books came from the widow of Rev. Henry Snyder. Dr. Thomas De Witt gave 250 volumes to the college. A gift of $200 for the library was given by Samuel B. Schieffelin. Mr. William A. Hall of Hastings on Hudson, New York, gave $1,000 for a new printing press.[Pres. Phelps had served the Hastings congregation before he came to Holland Academy in 1859.] The Holland Relief Committee gave $1,000 to Hope College for expenses incurred from the October, 1871 fire. Prof. Scott was permitted to receive $200 to expend on the house he was renting from the college since his home burned in the fire. The final meeting of this session was concluded on 30 April.
Minutes of the Council of Hope College, 143-147, 155.
Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1873). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 331.