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At this meeting of the executive committee of the Council of Hope College, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was in the chair. One action was: "Resd. 1. that in order to fulfill the promise to donate $3000. worth of land for the building of the Chicago & Michigan Lake shore Rail Road; we now by authority of the Council designate as such a donation Block six entire and Lots one, two, & six in Block Seven College Addition." There were previous reference to donation of land for the railroad. Details are not clear why the college would donate this property.
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Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "The Meeting Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Council of Hope College" (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 36.