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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 230

Chapter 19—(1883) A Changing Battle Creek—the College Opens

The week spent in Battle Creek indicated to Ellen White that while the battle was not yet won, there were encouraging changes.

Having in earnestness and kindness sounded a warning that she hoped would help to stabilize those who might have been wavering, she pressed on to Massachusetts. The camp meeting in Worcester opened Wednesday, August 22. Beginning with the Massachusetts meeting she had a full schedule until October 10: Vermont, Maine, New York, Nebraska, Michigan, and Indiana. Fellow laborers included Butler, Van Horn, and, for the three later meetings, Haskell.

As had become the practice, she was advertised as the Sunday afternoon speaker, with the public invited to hear her. Four thousand attended the Worcester meeting to hear her speak on Christian temperance in its broad aspects. When she came onto the grounds in Maine, the people were pleased to see that she was accompanied by one of her sisters (The Signs of the Times, September 27, 1883). At many of the camp meetings she would speak once each day and attend various auxiliary meetings, joining in with appropriate remarks or counsel. Haskell, who had recently come from California, reported in the Signs of the Times:

Our friends will be pleased to hear that Sister White has been specially sustained of God, and her testimony was never clearer and more powerful than upon this trip east. For all of these blessings we only say, Praise the Lord for His goodness manifested to His people.—October 18, 1883.

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