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Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 281

Our laboring brethren have often complained that their way is hedged up by wicked reports, whereby they lose much time and labor, and souls are turned away from the truth to perish in error. In such places no work can be more important than this, and we expect the friends of the cause at large will cheerfully meet the expense of its publication.—Ibid., April 26, 1870

The first pages were given to a statement of James White's connection with the work of the church from its beginnings, and especially its publishing interests. It reviewed the transfer of business matters when an organization was formed that could take hold of them. The rate of his pay was given in detail, paralleling the Civil War years with their inflationary trend.

June 3, 1861, to April 24, 1863, $7 per week
April 24, 1863, to October 30, 1863, $8 per week
October 30, 1863, to April 14, 1865, $9 per week
April 14, 1865, to August 15, 1865, $10 per week

On the last-named day he was stricken with paralysis, and pay stopped (In Memoriam: A Sketch of the Last Sickness and Death of Elder James White, 9).

The report continued:

During all this time, Sister White received nothing for her services. She labored efficiently with her husband from place to place and with the church at Battle Creek, and did a great amount of important writing in the form of epistles to individuals and to churches throughout the entire field. No preacher among us labored more ardently and efficiently than Sister White.

In consequence of their house being a home for visiting brethren, she had to keep two hired girls—one in the kitchen, and one to do general housework and sewing; yet no provision was made for the expense of hired help in the family, and the extra wear and tear of clothing in traveling. And, to say nothing of these expenses, Brother White's limited wages met only in part his general expenses, and the expenses of so large a family.—Ibid., 9, 10.

The question naturally arises, How could James White, a man with such limited salary income, handle such a situation? The

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