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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 98

Chapter 8—(1878-1879) The Winter in Northern Texas

One action taken at the 1878 General Conference session was a recommendation that a camp meeting be held in Texas during the autumn, when James and Ellen White could attend (The Review and Herald, October 24, 1878). After consulting R. M. Kilgore, who had just completed a tent meeting at Plano, north of Dallas, James White announced in the Review and Herald that a general camp meeting would be held in that community November 12 to 19. This gave the Whites time to assist in the two late camp meetings in Kansas, one near Topeka and the other some 150 miles south, close to Oswego. White reported that Kansas was “increasing her population faster than any other State in the Union.” The people, although generally poor, were “intelligent and ready to read and hear, and investigate the reasons of our faith and hope” (Ibid., November 21, 1878).

Surveying the field at about the same time, S. N. Haskell conjectured that there was no reason “why Kansas may not be in a short time second to no conference in point of numbers” (Ibid., November 7, 1878). With people ready to hear and little companies springing up across the State, it is understandable that four camp meetings were held in one season to nurture the new believers (Ibid., November 21, 1878).

James White could not get away from Battle Creek in time to attend the meeting near Topeka, held October 24 to 29 at a community known then as “Richland,” but Ellen White, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Emma, was there, as well as was Haskell. The camp consisted of seventeen family tents and two large

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