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Ellen G. White in Europe 1885-1887, Page 255

Chapter 26—Literary Work

As she was finishing her work of The Spirit of Prophecy, volume 4 (The Great Controversy), in California early in 1884, Ellen White penned these words:

“Write, write, write, I feel that I must, and not delay. Great things are before us, and we want to call the people from their indifference, to get ready for that day. Things that are eternal crowd upon my vision day and night. The things that are temporal fade from my sight.”—Letter 11a, 1884.

As the book came from the press, Seventh-day Adventists bought it eagerly and they read it earnestly. For several years it had been promised as the fourth and climaxing volume of the four-book series recounting the great controversy story from the fall of Lucifer and Creation through the centuries to our day and then to the new earth. As the author embarked for Europe in 1885, the book was enjoying a good sale among church members, and plans were being laid for its publication as a volume to be sold by colporteurs.

Coming to Europe and living in the environment of Reformation history together with reports of the successful sale of The Great Controversy in America and the calls from her European brethren for the book in their languages led Ellen White to begin to plan for the enlargement of it and other of the conflict books, and

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