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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 344

Chapter 27—(1886) Second Trip Through Scandinavia

As Ellen White closed up her work in Norway in November, 1885, she had the feeling that before returning to America she should go on another tour of the Scandinavian countries. In conversation with Brother Hansen, the building contractor, she almost promised to be back in the spring. On her return from Italy she wrote to William and Jenny Ings in California, whom she was endeavoring to persuade to come to Europe and join her in the work, stating that “we design to start in two weeks for Sweden and Norway.” She thought she might end up in England, for she felt she had work to do there. She hoped the Ingses could join her in England and that they might unite their interests, “have a comfortable home, convenient food, and try to help one another” (Letter 78, 1886). In response to her invitation and urging, they closed up their work in California and started for Great Britain.

At Basel, Ellen White was scheduled to leave for Sweden on Tuesday, June 15, but Monday found her battling with an attack of pleurisy. She improved somewhat with treatment, but on Tuesday the pain returned. She wrote of the situation:

Every breath was painful. It seemed impossible for me to travel, especially at night. To take a sleeping car, for one night only, would involve an extra expense of ten or twelve dollars, and this was out of the question. Yet it was necessary for us to leave Basel that night in order to reach Orebro [Sweden] before the Sabbath.”—The Review and Herald, October 5, 1886.

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