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Ellen White: Woman of Vision, Page 551

studied and prayed and planned and written, I found it vacant. The old couch and the tables and chairs and chests of drawers were in their usual places, and the big armchair with its swing board in front was where it used to be, between the big bay window and the fireplace; but the dear mother, whose presence had made this room the most precious place in all the world to me, was not there. Then I recalled the many times I had returned from the Eastern states, and had hastened up to Mother's room, sure of a hearty welcome, and an eager listener to my reports of meetings attended and of the progress of the work in which she was so deeply interested. But now there was no one in the writing chair to listen to my report (WCW to “Dear Friend,” October 20, 1915). WV 550.9

It was the end of an era in the life of the church. A new era was about to begin. WV 551.1

As Elder White stepped over to the cabinets in the northwest corner and opened the doors to the shelves that held copies of the E. G. White books and copies of her manuscripts and letters, there must have come to his mind Ellen White's words as she at times opened these doors and displayed her books and her papers: WV 551.2

“Here are my writings; when I am gone they will testify for me” (WCW Letter, July 9, 1922 [MR, p. 93]). WV 551.3


A Power Press For The Review Office

For five years the Review and Herald had been printed on a press owned and operated by Sabbathkeeping Adventists. The printing of each sheet was virtually a “custom job”—the type was inked, a sheet of paper laid on it, and the lever pulled, making the impression. The same was true of all other publications put out between 1852 and 1857. Wrote James White in March: WV 551.4

With our hand press, it takes three days of each week to print the Review and Herald. Should the circulation of the Review and Herald be doubled (which we may hope it soon will be), there would be no room for the Instructor; and a large amount of work ... would be shut out.—The Review and Herald, March 19, 1857. WV 551.5

A special conference to consider this urgent need was called for Friday, April 10, in Battle Creek. Joseph Bates was chosen to preside. First attention was given to the matter of a power press. WV 551.6

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