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Ellen G. White: The Early Years: 1827-1862 (vol. 1), Page 127

Chapter 8—(1847-1848) Laying the Foundations

The month of April, 1847, marked James White's first major publishing accomplishment—the issuance of a twenty-four-page pamphlet that he titled A Word to the “Little Flock.” The type was small and the margins narrow, yielding a page with twice the normal content of a book page of today.

Just a year earlier, on April 6, 1846, he had arranged for the broadside publication of Ellen's first vision—a single large sheet printed on one side only. Two hundred and fifty copies were struck off in Portland, Maine. H. S. Gurney, blacksmith of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, shared the printing costs. It carried the significant title “To the Little Remnant Scattered Abroad.” A little more than two of the three columns were given to Ellen's first vision. Half of the third column was devoted to the vision of mid-February, 1845, concerning the heavenly sanctuary and the events at the end of the 2300 days (Early Writings, 54-56).

Very clearly, A Word to the “Little Flock” represented the joint ministry of both James and Ellen. James had written several articles for publication in Crosier's short-lived Day-Dawn, but by the time they were ready, that paper had ceased publication. So after talking with the Howlands and some others, he decided to present the materials in pamphlet form. In his opening paragraph he explained:

I wish to call the attention of the “little flock” to those things which will very soon take place on this earth.—A Word to the Little Flock, 1.

He quoted Bible prophecy and then called attention to distressing world conditions, particularly famine and financial

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