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Manuscript Releases, vol. 1 [Nos. 19-96], Page 123

MR No. 32—Cooperation with the WCTU and Other Temperance Organizations

[Release requested by the American Temperance Society]

Experience of Elder and Mrs. White

[From the first, Mrs. E. G. White, by precept and example, urged her fellow believers to cooperate with these great temperance organizations. Of this she bears testimony in the following general statement]:

In his labors, my husband, whenever he had opportunity, invited the workers in the temperance cause to his meetings, and gave them an opportunity to speak. And when invitations were given us to attend their gatherings, we always responded. Letter 274, 1907, p. 3. (To Elder J. A. Burden, September 2, 1907.)

The WCTU Misjudged

[In the latter part of 1899, there appeared in one of our periodicals a series of articles pointing out the relation sustained by the W. C. T. U. to the National Reform Association, and critically analyzing the statements of some leaders of the W. C. T. U. with respect to their attitude toward Sunday legislation. Mrs. White sent to the author of these articles a letter of caution, showing the danger of repelling those whom we might, by kindness and cooperation, win to the truths that God has given to us. We quote a portion of this letter]:

My attention has been called to your articles in our papers in reference to the Women's Christian Temperance Union. In the work of temperance, all church members are supposed to stand upon the platform of union.... You

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