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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 448

Chapter 34—(1889-1890) The 1889 General Conference Session and Beyond

The General Conference session of 1889 was held in Battle Creek from October 18 to November 11. Ellen White joyfully reported that the “spirit that was in the meeting at Minneapolis” was absent and “there seems to be no dissension.”—Manuscript 10, 1889; Letter 76, 1889. Still it smoldered in the hearts of some, principally those who composed the hard core of dissenters in Battle Creek. This she was to continue to meet through much of 1890 and into 1891.

The five-thirty and the eight o'clock morning meetings of the session were given to devotions and Bible study. The rest of each day was crowded full with the regular business, which included the auxiliary meetings relating to the Sabbath school, publishing, medical missionary work, et cetera. These business matters stretched two days beyond the anticipated closing time.

Among the items considered was the means by which to reach the South Sea Islands with the Seventh-day Adventist message. Action was taken to buy or build a ship and have it ready for service early in 1890. This culminated in the Pitcairn, a one-hundred-foot schooner built at Benicia, California, at a cost of a little less than $12,000 and launched at high tide Monday night, July 28, 1890. It set sail from Oakland, Monday afternoon, October 20, on its first voyage, with supplies for two years’ travel. In addition to officers and crew, it carried a missionary force of six, three men and their wives.

Nothing up to this time had done so much to stir Seventh-day Adventists with a missionary spirit as the building and sailing of the

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