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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

Art. 10. These articles of association may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the trustees at any annual meeting, on the petition of ten members of the board, written notice of such amendment having been given to each member at least three months previous to such annual meeting: Provided, That Art. five (5) shall not be subject to amendment. The general college law was complied with and Hillsdale College became a body incorporated under its provisions. It was the first institution incorporated under this statute. The managers of the enterprise, both at Spring Arbor and Hillsdale, were among the first educators in the country to grapple with the question of co-education. This college was the first in the State to adopt the plan, and it had been in successful operation at this institution a score of years before it was adopted by the State university. The lands and subscriptions which were in the hands of individuals in trust for the college, were now turned over to the corporation. In July, 1855, a code of by-laws was adopted. In the meantime, the people at Spring Arbor, endeavoring to retain what they could of the institution, made efforts to gain possession of the records of the corporation. Laurens B. Potter, who first voted against the removal, but was interested in the denomination rather than the locality, had the custody of a portion of these records. Apprehending an effort to seize the books, he carried them at night on foot " 'cross lots" to Jackson and deposited them in a place of safety. Two or three of the trustees interested in retaining the school had gone through the formality of removing those trustees who had been active in removing the enterprise, and had filled the pretended vacancies with men opposed to the removal.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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