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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

This report was adopted, and Ransom Dunn, Daniel Dunakin, Charles H. Churchill, George L. Foster, and Eli T. Chase were appointed that committee. Meantime the citizens of Hillsdale were active. Judge Daniel L. Pratt. Dr. Geo. W. Underwood, Col. Christopher J. Dickenson, and Dr. Daniel Beebe were secretly sent to Spring Arbor to be in town during the adjourned meeting of the board of trustees, and to ascertain for themselves what there was in the enterprise. These spies sent out were strangers in the community, and were ostensibly in town on another errand. It was arranged that Prof. Dunn should not recognize them. Upon arriving in town they were confidently informed that the college was to be removed to Coldwater. They saw the members of the faculty and the board of trustees, the students at work, and the school in operation, and, upon returning to Hillsdale, reported that the grapes were good, and urged the citizens to secure the college. Marshall and Adrian made no effort to secure the location of the school. Many of the friends of the college had favored Jackson as the most desirable location. Hon. Michael Shoemaker, of Jackson, was a member of the State senate in 1850, and through his personal efforts the charter was amended, and the authority to confer degrees granted to the college. Mr. Shoemaker, then a Wilmot-Proviso democrat, attempted to enlist the citizens of Jackson in the cause, and urged them to make an effort to get the college located in that village. At that time, the pro-slavery element predominated in Jackson, and Mr. Shoemaker's appeals were generally answered by the remark that Michigan Central College was an abolition institution, and they did not want it in their midst.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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