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Ellen G. White: The Early Years: 1827-1862 (vol. 1), Page 163

Chapter 11—(1849) Beginning to Publish

Responding to the cordial invitation of Albert Belden, James and Ellen White went to Connecticut to live. Ellen was within two months of giving birth to her second child, and it seemed well to reside in Rocky Hill for a season. Of God's providence she wrote:

Sister Clarissa M. Bonfoey proposed to live with us. Her parents had recently died, and a division of furniture at the homestead had given her everything necessary for a small family to commence housekeeping. She cheerfully gave us the use of these things, and did our work. We occupied a part of Brother Belden's house at Rocky Hill. Sister Bonfoey was a precious child of God. She possessed a cheerful and happy disposition, never gloomy, yet not light and trifling.—Life Sketches of James White and Ellen G. White (1880), 258.

James was soon called to make a quick trip to New Hampshire and Maine to attend the conferences he had called to meet in June. He came back to Rocky Hill convinced that the time had come to publish the “truth” in a little paper. Had not the vision at Dorchester in November called for this? Had not Ellen after the vision turned to her husband and declared, “You must begin to print a little paper and send it out to the people” (Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, 125)? There was also the promise “As the people read, they will send you means with which to print.”—Ibid. But where was the means?

Ellen White wrote of James's reaction to his feelings and to circumstances:

My husband was impressed that it was his duty to write and

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