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Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 157

Chapter 12—(1867) Liberated at Last—The Sweet and the Bitter

Although there were setbacks in James White's health during the year 1866, there was a gradual improvement. In later years Ellen White occasionally looked back and recounted some of the steps in his recovery, but she did not pinpoint dates or places. As already noted, in the spring she determined to test the benefits of travel, journeying as her husband's strength would bear (2Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, 354). It seems likely that what she related to a group of medical workers in 1902 was in connection with one of these short trips:

I always took my husband with me when I went out driving. And I took him with me when I went to preach at any place. I had a regular circuit of meetings. I could not persuade him to go into the desk while I preached. Finally, after many, many months, I said to him, “Now, my husband, you are going into the desk today.” He did not want to go, but I would not yield. I took him up into the desk with me. That day he spoke to the people. Although the meetinghouse was filled with unbelievers, for half an hour I could not refrain from weeping. My heart was overflowing with joy and gratitude. I knew that the victory had been gained.—Manuscript 50, 1902 (see also Selected Messages 2:307, 308).

But as the winter of 1866-1867 approached, James stayed at home more. Ellen wrote:

Having become fully satisfied that my husband would not recover from his protracted sickness while remaining inactive,

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