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Ellen G. White: The Early Years: 1827-1862 (vol. 1), Page 271

Chapter 17—(1852-1853) The Message Pushes to the West

With faithful Charlie pulling their carriage, James and Ellen White drove into their yard in Rochester on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 6, returning from their 1852 trip east.

The Review office staff had not missed an issue in the eleven weeks the editor was absent. This proved to James White that others could carry many of the routine tasks to which he had given attention in the past three years. Every other Thursday, two thousand copies were “struck off” on the hand press and mailed to 1,600 homes (The Review and Herald, June 27, 1935). The Youth's Instructor, started in August, was mailed to nearly one thousand homes. Now there was need for more space in which to work. The first important action after getting back was to rent office space in downtown Rochester on South St. Paul Street, on the third floor of an office building, and move the printing work to this new location.

Strict Economy Maintained

It took the strictest of economy to keep things going at the home and the office, but James and Ellen White knew something of poverty and economy. Soon after getting settled in the home on Mount Hope Avenue, arrangements were made to have the open land near the house prepared for a spring garden. As the plow started to turn the soil Ellen noticed many small potatoes that had not frozen during the mild winter. The drought the preceding year had resulted in a crop thought not worth harvesting. What a find! Soon Ellen, with pail in hand, was following the plowman,

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