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The Fannie Bolton Story, Page 1

The Fannie Bolton Story

A Collection of Source Documents

Introduction

Fannie Bolton was 28 years old when Ellen White first met her in 1887. Miss Bolton’s newspaper reports of the Illinois camp meeting had impressed Mrs. White, who soon hired the younger woman as a literary assistant.

For most of the next decade, Miss Bolton worked for Mrs. White. As these documents make clear, from the very beginning Mrs. White sensed a certain instability and spiritual immaturity in Miss Bolton. Several times in the years to come Fannie voiced criticisms of Ellen White and dissatisfaction with the fact that the literary assistants did not get more public recognition for their work.

To know of Miss Bolton’s complaints is one thing; to read them in the context of her total experience with Ellen White is quite another. Thus it has been felt that serious researchers would appreciate, and profit from, reading a complete collection of documents pertaining to Fannie Bolton’s experience.

This collection of source documents sets forth every detail of the Fannie Bolton story. No primary source document relevant to the Bolton case has been omitted. Even scurrilous and unsupported allegations have been included. Thus readers can judge Miss Bolton’s charges in the light of the total evidence. Deletions in the documents have been kept to a minimum and nothing has been omitted unless it was completely irrelevant. If we discover we have omitted any relevant source, we will include it in later printings.

E.G. White Estate,
April, 1982

Table of Contents

1. Bolton Story: A Collection of Source Documents2
   Mary White to W. C. White, September 14, 1887.2
   Letter 23a, 1887. (To Mary White, December 11, 1887.)2
   W. C. White to J. H. Kellogg, circa January 8, 1888.2
   Letter 25, 1888, p. 4. (To Bro. Haskell and Bro. and Sr. Ings, February 13, 1888.)2
   Letter 2, 1888, p. 3. (To Mr. Walling, April 13, 1888.)2
   Letter 76, 1888, p. 4. (To Bro. and Sr. Lockwood, Marian Davis, May 24, 1888.)2
   Letter 59, 1888, p. 4. (To Bro. and Sr. Butler, August 1, 1888.)3
   Manuscript 17, 1889, p. 2. (Diary entry for January 4, 1889.)—3
   Letter 14a, 1889, p. 2. (To Edson White, circa April 7, 1889.)3
   Letter 66, 1889, p. 2. (To J. E. White, April 9, 1889.)3
   W. C. White to C. H. Jones, June 23, 1889.3
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, April 30, 1891.3
   The Review and Herald, September 15, 1891.4
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, March 8, 1892.4
   Manuscript 34, 1892, p. 2. (Diary entry for July 9, 1892.)6
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, circa 1892.6
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, circa October, 1892.6
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, October, 1892, entire letter.7
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, May Lacey and Emily Campbell, October 7, 1892—9
   Letter 74, 1892, p. 7. (To W. C. White, October 10, 1892.)9
   Letter 77, 1892. (To W. C. White, October 21, 1892.)9
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, November 16, 189211
   Letter 161, 1892, pp. 1, 2. (To S. N. Haskell, November 23, 1892.)11
   Letter 21b, 1892, p. 3. (To Bro. and Sr. J. H. Kellogg, December 23, 1892.)11
   W. C. White to L. J. Rousseau, April 9, 1893, p. 3.11
   W. C. White to Fannie Bolton, April 11, 1893.11
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, April 13, 1893.12
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, May 4, 1893.13
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, May 23, 1893.13
   Letter 130, 1893, p. 4. (To W. C. White, June 7, 1893.)15
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, June 8, 1893.15
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, July 20, 189315
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, October 10, 1893.16
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, November 16, 1893.17
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, circa 1894.19
   Letter 136, 1894, pp. 1-3. (To W. C. White, January 8, 1894.)19
   Letter 137, 1894, p. 1. (To W. C. White, Early 1894.)20
   Letter 59, 1894, entire letter. (To Bro. Olsen, February 5, 1894.)20
   Letter 7, 1894, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, February 6, 1894.)—21
   Letter 88, 1894, entire letter. (To W. C. White, February 6, 1894.)29
   W. C. White to E. G. White, February 9, 1894.33
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, February 9, 1894.33
   Letter 6, 1894, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, February 10, 1894.)35
   Letter 146, 1894, p. 4. (To W. C. White, March 29, 1894.)37
   Letter 3, 1894, pp. 1-3. (“To Whom It May Concern,” July 19, 1894.)37
   Letter 149, 1894, p. 1. (To W. C. White, July 30, 1894.)38
   Letter 152, 1894, p. 2. (To W. C. White, September 20, 1894.)38
   Fannie Bolton to Miss Malcolm, November 11, 1894.38
   W. C. White to Kate Mc’Ivors, November 20, 1894.39
   W. C. White to A. O. Tait, January 18, 189539
   Letter 118, 1895, p. 3. (To “Children,” January 23, 1895.)39
   Letter 39, 1895, pp. 1, 10. (To Dr. Kellogg, February 3, 1895.)39
   W. C. White to E. G. White, February 25, 1895.39
   Letter 89, 1895, p. 1. (To W. C. White, March 11, 1895.)39
   Letter 92b, 1895, p. 1. (To “Children,” April 11, 1895.)41
   W. C. White to A. G. Daniells, August 14, 1895.41
   W. C. White to W. H. Edwards, August 19, 1895.41
   Letter 44, 1895, p. 1. (To J. H. Kellogg, August 29, 1895.)41
   W. C. White to E. G. White, August 30, 1895.41
   Letter 17, 1895, pp. 1, 3-6. (To Bro. Caldwell, September 6, 1895.)—41
   W. C. White to L. J. Rousseau, September 17, 1895.41
   Letter 19, 1896, pp. 1, 4, 5. (To W. F Caldwell, c. September, 1895, sent June 11, 1896.)41
   Letter 41, 1895, pp. 4, 6. (To Bro. Kellogg, October 25, 1895.)42
   W. C. White to J. E. White, October 25, 1895.42
   Letter 102, 1895, entire letter. (To Marian Davis, October 29, 1895.)42
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, October 31, 1895.45
   Letter 9, 1895, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, November 7, 1895.)—47
   Letter 9a, 1895, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, November 11, 1895.)49
   Letter 103, 1895, pp. 1, 2. (To Marian Davis, November 12, 1895.)51
   W. C. White to O. A. Olsen, November 15, 1895.51
   Letter 14, 1895, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, November 23, 1895.)51
   S. McCullough to Fannie Bolton, November 24?, 1895.51
   Letter 115, 1895, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, November 26, 1895.)52
   Letter 22a, 1895, pp. 1-3. (To Marian Davis, November 29, 1895.)54
   Letter 105, 1895, pp. 1, 2. (To Emily Campbell, December 9, 1895.)55
   Letter 123a, 1895, entire letter. (To J. E. White, December 9, 1895.)55
   Letter 127, 1895, pp. 1, 4-6. (To “Children,” December 11, 1895.)56
   Letter 104, 1895, entire letter. (To Addie and May Walling, December 11, 1895.)57
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, circa December 15, 1895.58
   Letter 106, 1895, pp. 1-6. (To J. H. Kellogg, December 20, 1895.)60
   W. C. White to Fannie Bolton, December 24, 1895.63
   Letter 116, 1896, pp. 2, 10, 11. (To Bro. and Sr. Wilson, January 1, 1896.)—63
   Letter 21, 1896, pp. 2, 3. (To W. A. Colcord, January 7, 1896.)—63
   Manuscript 62, 1896, p. 1. (Diary entry for February 9, 1896.)—64
   W. C. White to A. G. Daniells, February 24, 189664
   Manuscript 12d, 1896, entire ms. (March 19 [20?], 1896.)—64
   Manuscript 63, 1896, pp. 3, 5. (Diary entries for March 19 and March 22, 1896.)—65
   Manuscript 12c, 1896, entire ms. (April 1, 1896, [March 20 dateline].)—66
   Letter 164, 1896, p. 1. (To Bro. and Sr. Corliss, April 6, 1896.)—69
   Letter 18, 1896, pp. 1-5, 7. (To Bro. Caldwell, April 9, 1896.)—69
   Letter 104, 1896, entire letter. (To Eld. I. N. Williams, April 12, 1896.)—71
   Letter 36, 1896, p. 2. (To S. N. Haskell, April 26, 1896.)—72
   Letter 52b, 1896, p. 4. (To Sister Ings, May 7, 1896.)—72
   W. C. White to 0. A. Olsen, May 10, 1896.—72
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, May 14, 1896, en route to America.—72
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, May 19, 1896.—72
   Letter 87a, 1896, p. 2. (To Elder Olsen, May 25, 1896.)—73
   Letter 153, 1896, p. 1. (To “Children,” July 9, 1896.)—73
   Letter 154, 1896, pp. 1, 2. (To “Children,” August 2, 1896.)—73
   J. H. Kellogg to E. G. White, January 10, 1897.—74
   Manuscript 29, 1897, p. 5. (“Counsel and Warning,” April 6, 1897.)—74
   Letter 25, 1897, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, April 11, 1897.)—74
   Letter 1, 1897, p. 2. (To “The Church in Adelaide,” April 22, 1897.)—76
   Extract from Fannie Bolton’s articles in Review, April 13-May 11, 1897—76
   Letter 24, 1897, entire letter. (To Fannie Bolton, June 25, 1897.)—77
   Letter 114, 1897, entire letter. (To Bro. and Sr. Tenney, July 1, 1897.)—79
   Letter 115, 1897, entire letter. (To Bro. Tenney, July 5, 1897.)—81
   Fannie Bolton to E. G. White, July 5, 1897.—82
   J. E. White to W. C. White, September 19, 1897.—88
   J. E. White to W. C. White, October 5, 1897.—89
   W. C. White to J. E. White, November 21, 1897—89
   Letter 6, 1898, p. 2. (To Emily Campbell, January 12, 1898.)—89
   S. M. I. Henry to E. G. White, February 18, 1898, pp. 4-6.—89
   S. M. I. Henry to E. G. White, October 23, 1898, pp. 2, 3.—90
   G. A. Irwin to E. G. White, March 16, 1900, pp. 5-7.—90
   G. A. Irwin to E. G. White, April 12, 1900, p. 12.—92
   Marian Davis to G. A. Irwin, April 23, 1900.—92
   Letter 61a, 1900, entire letter. (To G. A. Irwin, April 23, 1900.)—93
   Letter 61, 1900, entire letter. (To G. A. Irwin, April 23, 1900.)—95
   Letter 166, 1900, pp. 1, 2. (To Bro. and Sr. Haskell, and Bro. G. A. Irwin.)—97
   W. C. White to G. A. Irwin, May 7, 190097
   S. N. Haskell to E.G. White, May 28, 1900, p. 9.—100
   S. N. Haskell to W. C. White, June 7, 1900, pp. 4, 5.—100
   G. A. Irwin to E. G. White, June 11, 1900, pp. 2, 3.—100
   W. C. White to S. N. Haskell, July 13, 1900.—101
   Helge T. Nelson, (1901)—102
   Fannie Bolton, circa April, 1901.—103
   Merritt Kellogg Statement, [March, 1908]—107
   Mrs. C. W. Harmon to E. G. White, June 28, 1914.—108
   Sara McEnterfer to Mrs. C. W. Harmon, August 2, 1914.—108
   Fannie Bolton to Mrs. E. C. Slawson, December 30, 1914.—109
   G. B. Starr, June 2, 1915.—110
   Obituary of Fannie Bolton, in The Review and Herald, August 5, 1926114
   Extract from The Gathering Call, February, 1932, pp. 16-22, (anonymous).—114
   Extract from The Gathering Call, September, 1932, pp. 20, 21—117
   1933, 31 pp., prepared by D. E. Robinson.117
   G. B. Starr to L. E. Froom, March 19, 1933.—117
   May Walling to W. C. White, April 3, 1933.—118
   Hattie L. Porter to W. A. Spicer, July 25, 1933.—118
   G. B. Starr to W. C. White, August 20, 1933.—119
   W. C. White to G. B. Starr, August 24, 1933.—120
   August 30, 1933—See The Work of Mrs. E. G. White’s Editors, pp. 20121
   J. H. Kellogg to E. S. Ballenger, January 9, 1936—121
   “Was Mrs. E. G. White A Plagiarist?”, March 23, 1936, pp. 12, 13.—121
   Emma J. Crisler to Cora F. Thurber, July 18, 1949.—121
   R. A. Morter, M.D., to H. H. Cobban, July 25, 1949.—124
   “Concerning Editorial Work for Mrs. E. G. White,” by Eliza Burnham or Marian Davis—124
2. Addendum124

Bolton Story: A Collection of Source Documents

It was Fannie Bolton’s newspaper reports of the Adventist camp meeting in Springfield, Illinois, including the sermons of E. G. White, which first drew Mrs. White’s attention to the young woman, and led her to employ Fannie Bolton. These reports appeared in The[Chicago] Daily Inter-Ocean, August 25-27, 29-31, 1887.

Mary White to W. C. White, September 14, 1887

One more word about mother’s affairs: She has found another old maid that she wants to adopt into her family—Fannie Bolton. She is now at work in some mission—I think the Chicago. She it was who wrote the story in Good Health that won the prize. Dr. Kellogg recommends her highly. I have never seen her, but presume she is good.

Letter 23a, 1887. (To Mary White, December 11, 1887.)

Fannie Bolton will be at the Retreat soon. W.C.W. thought best for her to come and prepare manuscript and you make some suggestions to her. I hope this can be done, for she needs your solid, even work to balance her.

W. C. White to J. H. Kellogg, circa January 8, 1888

I think mother has good help in Fannie Bolton, and when the matter for this work [Christian Temperance] is selected, it may be well to have it specially edited. When we have done what we can, we will send it back to you.

Letter 25, 1888, p. 4. (To Bro. Haskell and Bro. and Sr. Ings, February 13, 1888.)

Fannie Bolton is a treasure to me. We are all harmonious, all working unitedly and in love.

Letter 2, 1888, p. 3. (To Mr. Walling, April 13, 1888.)

I have brought from Norway a musician and translator, and I have also brought from Chicago a young lady who has written for magazines like Mary Clough, and they are now engaged with me in my work.

Letter 76, 1888, p. 4. (To Bro. and Sr. Lockwood, Marian Davis, Fannie Bolton and May Walling, May 24, 1888.)

Especially do I feel concerned for Fannie. I want her to recover from this nervousness and wakefulness, and in order to do this she must take time to rest the brain that the nerves may not be completely out of tune like our old organ. When Fannie takes herself in hand, then she will see ways that she can improve her health. I feel so sorry for Fannie. She has a good frame, large bones, and should have good, sound nerves and muscles; and the reason she has not is because she has abused her brain and nerve power by overtaxation, keeping herself upon a strain, keyed up, when reason should take the reins and hold her in obedience to the laws of God which control the human system. I wish Fannie could hear the lectures given now upon health at the Retreat. She needs her mind and conscience stirred up on these things, and needs to use every power God has bestowed upon her to get well, that she may use these powers as God’s entrusted gifts, that she may have healthful powers to exercise in all her work.

Fannie, you need some physical exercise indoors and out each day. If you get tired it will relieve the brain. What this exercise

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