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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

I will lay the matter before my churches, and at some future day I am confident they will vote for the measure, and pledge the money. " The motion seemed doomed to be lost. The combined eloquence of Whitcomb, Limbocker, and other friends of the measure, supported by the endorsement of David Marks, with the magic power of his name, were unavailing.
Laurens B. Potter, now of Lansing, then a young man, and a friend of the measure, foreseeing that unless the measure was modified it would be lost, drafted a resolution and offered it as a substitute for the motion, which was substantially as follows: Resolved, That a denominational school be established within the territorial limits of the yearly meeting; that a committee of three be appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws, and that a convention be called at the village of Jackson, to consider and adopt such constitution and by-laws, and to take such other measures as shall be necessary to establish the school.
The vote was taken on this resolution. Samuel Whitcomb, Elijah Cook, Joseph S. Blaisdell, Heman Cowles, and Thomas Dunton, the delegates from Calhoun yearly meeting, voted aye. The other members of the conference did not vote. Thus the motion' was carried, and the first decisive step was taken. Lewis J. Thompson, of Oakland county, Henry S. Limbocker and Roosevelt Davis, of Jackson county, were appointed as such committee on constitution and by-laws.
The convention of the churches, provided for in the resolution, convened at the village of Jackson in July or August, 1844; the constitution and by-laws reported by the committee were adopted. Cyrus Coltrin, of Oberlin, Ohio, hearing of the contemplated action before the quarterly meeting at Franklin through the correspondence with David Marks, was present at the conference, and had conferred with the friends of the movement with a view of engaging in the work at that time.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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