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Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present on the first day of the meeting of the Council of Hope College. Members of the senior class and the theological students were examined by the members of the council. Van Raalte did not accept his appointment as instructor in Sacred Rhetoric due to the sickness of Mrs. Van Raalte. Dr. Isaac Ferris gave 120 volumes to the college. At the morning session of the council on 22 May, Van Raalte was in the chair.
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Stewart, Abel T. and Otterness, Mary, "Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College" (1871). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 47.