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Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 177

acceptance of health reform as a part of the work of preparing for the judgment. Other resolutions called for simplicity in dress, and recommended the “reformed dress.” One called for support of the Health Institute, “that this may be enlarged to meet the wants of its patients.” The institute was asked to issue a book “on the structure, functions, and care of the human system.” Loughborough was already working on the manuscript for this.

As noted earlier, in December, 1866, James and Ellen White left Battle Creek and traveled to Wright, Michigan. At the church service on the first Sabbath they were pressed with questions on features of the health reform and especially the reform dress. The report of the meeting states:

Through wrong teaching and misunderstanding, some had become prejudiced and were ready to oppose almost anything that might be said on the subject. Their principal objections were on diet and dress; and instead of receiving what had been written upon these subjects, they were disposed to take the position that there was not full harmony in Mrs. White's testimony, especially on dress; but as she was present to speak for herself, she was able to show a perfect harmony in her testimonies.—Ibid., January 15, 1867

Ellen White took more than an hour that Sabbath morning explaining and answering questions, and continued in the afternoon. Similar questions were asked in the meetings that followed on Tuesday and Friday evenings. James reported that “we enjoy their fullest sympathy, and while our mouth is opened anew to speak to them, their ears are opened to hear.”—Ibid., January 22, 1867. In the weeks that followed, the believers in other places asked the same questions that were put to them at Wright.

The Reform Dress

As to the reasons for a need of reform in women's dress at that time, the New York Independent in 1913 painted a vivid picture:

The chief points in the indictment of woman's dress of former times were that the figure was dissected like a wasp's, that the hips were overloaded with heavy skirts, and that the skirts

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