Leaving Children For Others to Take Care Of
In a message written from Sweden on October 22, 1885, Ellen White wrote
Brother and Sister [Enoch] professedly gave themselves to the missionary work, but all the time have labored as faithfully as if the salvation of their souls depended on how large a number of children they could bring into the world. They have not been married many years, but they have five or six little children. Sister [Enoch] was one who could do a good work, if she could have time to improve her powers, but she has been kept carrying or nursing babies nearly all the time, and her personal appearance is neglected. Her habits are not tidy as they should be, and her strength is exhausted, so it would be better for them both to leave the field and take a piece of land and do their duty to their children they have brought into the world. As the case now stands, they have to leave their children here and there for others to take care of. This is not after God's order. 
However, it seems to be forgotten that leaving one's child for others to take care of was exactly what Ellen and James White did some 37 years earlier.
The Whites arranged for the Howlands to keep Henry for $1 a week, which Otis Nichols promised to supply. But after a few weeks all pay was refused, and Henry lived with the Howlands for five years. They provided not only a good home but clothing as well, except for a little garment that Ellen brought each year, as did Hannah of old. 
But, in her case, excuses were made... "With the rigors of travel, it just was not feasible to take a 14-month-old child with them".
Why is it that only when someone else did almost exactly the same thing as EW herself, their actions were "not after God's order". Or was the missionary work not that important?
Phrenology, once considered a science, is the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities. In 1851, James White wrote "we have ever considered it dangerous, therefore have nothing to do with it."  In 1862, Ellen White wrote an extended comment on Phrenology, Psychology, Mesmerism, and Spiritualism. In her words...
I have been shown that we must be guarded on every side, and perseveringly resist the insinuations and devices of Satan... If Satan should make an open, bold attack upon Christianity, it would bring the Christian in distress and agony at the feet of his Redeemer, and the strong and mighty Deliverer would affright the bold adversary away. But Satan, transformed into an angel of light, works upon the mind to allure from the only safe and right path. The sciences of phrenology, psychology, and mesmerism, have been the channel through which Satan has come more directly to this generation, and wrought with that power which was to characterize his work near the close of probation...
The world, which is considered to be benefited so much by phrenology and animal magnetism, never was so corrupt. Satan uses these very things to destroy virtue and lay the foundation of Spiritualism.
She then quoted 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 and went on to say "Satan has come unperceived through these sciences, and poisoned the minds of thousands and led them to infidelity." 
Yet, in an letter written on September 1864 to a Brother and Sister Lockwood, Ellen White wrote
I have been trying to find time to write to you for some days but there is so much to be done I cannot do half I wish to.
Adelia and the children have been examined today. The doctor pronounces Adelia sick. We shall have their written prescriptions this week, then you can know more in regard to them. I think Dr. Jackson gave an accurate account of the disposition and organization of our children. He pronounces Willie's head to be one of the best that has ever come under his observation. He gave a good description of Edison's character and peculiarities. He enjoined upon him outdoor exercise and not much study. I think this examination will be worth everything to Edson. 
Note: Dr. James Caleb Jackson, an ardent supporter of hydropathy (water cure) opened a clinic called Our Home on the Hillside, in Dansville, New York in 1858.
The site ellenwhite.org defends this action by saying that phrenology was not Dr. Jackson's "major occupation or line of emphasis. He was a medical doctor and a health reformer, who also was trained in phrenology. The examination, then, was the standard physical that Dr. Jackson gave, of which the phrenology was only one part."
They add that the four-page written report issued by Dr. Jackson commented "primarily" on Willie White's physical constitution, "though it also touches on temperament". Besides which, the report did not include a phrenological chart, that was "standard fare for phrenological exams". Also, since Adelia Patten made no mention of "anything relating to phrenology", "it seems clear that they went to be examined by a doctor of good repute and in whom they had confidence. The phrenology part of the exam was done by the doctor on his own initiative as a part of his service and observations"...
Also Ellen White
never mentions such a thing again, and did not endorse "cranioscopy" publicly or privately. This one passing reference indicates no more than a passing interest in what the doctor had said, as might well be expected of any mother. Her lack of emphasis on phrenology is remarkable in light of phrenology's widespread acceptance at the time. This seems a scant foundation on which to build a charge of spiritism against Mrs. White, in light of her strong denunciations of spiritism. 
There is no question that Dr. Jackson was a medical doctor. Although ellenwhite.org asserts as a fact that he included phrenology "on his own initiative", no one can possibly know this. However, that is not the point. The point is that just two years before her visit to Dr. Jackson, EW wrote that we have to be "guarded on every side, and perseveringly resist the insinuations and devices of Satan". What Christian mother, would allow her child to undergo the phrenology part of the examination when she had previously stated that phrenology was one of the channels "through which Satan has come more directly to this generation". And that "Satan uses these very things to destroy virtue and lay the foundation of Spiritualism"?
Either Ellen White didn't really believe her own words, or curiosity got the better of her.
Additionally, although Dr. Jackson's medical report commented "primarily" on Willie White's physical constitution, in her letter to the Lockwoods, Ellen White's comments dealt solely with the results of the phrenology examination, which doesn't sound like a "passing interest" in what the doctor had to say.
I think Dr. Jackson gave an accurate account of the disposition and organization of our children. He pronounces Willie's head to be one of the best that has ever come under his observation. He gave a good description of Edison's character and peculiarities. He enjoined upon him outdoor exercise and not much study. I think this examination will be worth everything to Edson. 
In any case, they didn't go to the clinic "to be examined by a doctor of good repute and in whom they had confidence".
In the month of September, 1864, Mrs. W. and self spent three weeks at the health institution at Dansville, Liv. Co., N. Y., called "Our Home." Our object in this visit was not to take treatment, as we were enjoying better health than usual; but to see what we could see, and hear what we could hear, so as to be able to give to many inquiring friends a somewhat definite report. 
1865 vision - Deeply Regretted Ever Having Pictures Taken
In March 26, 1867, the Review and Herald published an account of Ellen White's December 1865 vision... (All Emphasis Added)
In the vision given me in Rochester, December 25, 1865, I was shown that picture-taking had been carried to too great lengths by Sabbath-keeping Adventists; and that much means had been spent in multiplying copies which was worse than lost. This means should have been invested in the cause of God. I was shown that we had done wrong in expending means in picture-taking.
We acknowledge our error. We deeply regret that we ever consented to sit for our pictures. For years I would not consent to have our pictures taken, though solicited so to do. How many times I have wished we had remained steadfast. But all we can do now is to confess our wrong and ask God to forgive us, and entreat the forgiveness of our brethren and sisters. 
1876 - 1886 - Photographs of The White Family
Well, even after begging forgiveness of God and her fellows, Ellen White did not remain "steadfast". A little over ten years later, in a letter dated March 24, 1876, Ellen White wrote to her husband from Oakland CA. regarding a number of photographs that had recently been taken of the family, including Ellen herself, James, Mary and Willie, and Emma and Edson, by three different photographers. Worse, she added Lathrop would sell the negative of James White's photograph for five hundred dollars. While I am not quite sure what she meant, ie. sell the negative to who? there was no expression of indignation at the outrageous price.
We received yours which contained the number of pictures to be sent. They are slow in getting them out. We send from Ingelson's seven each. We sent from Lathrop's and Dunham's, six each. You will see that Lathrop has the preference. I thought that mine from Ingelson was perfect, but I did not think yours was good. I have just received half dozen from Lathrop's and Dunham's of mine. It is the judgment of all that this last is far better than Ingelson's What do you think? We have a few of the small size of yours but none yet of mine....
I send three of Edison's and three of Emma's. This is all that is ready except one or two odd ones. We will send more Monday or evening after the Sabbath, if we can.
Lathrop is as pleased a man as you ever saw with the pictures, especially of you. He says he will sell your negative for five hundred dollars. Beside what we take, it will bring him that much custom. He thinks Ingelson's a flat affair. He has your picture in the window for show. 
This was followed by another letter to James written a few weeks later, on April 27, 1876. Near the end of the letter, she says
In regard to my small picture, I did sit once again, but the picture was not good. Will try it again. Mary and Willie did not get good pictures but they will try it again 
Again, on April 31, 1876,
I do not think I shall ever get a picture to equal the one Dunham has made for me. He says I had better have the large one put on a small card. What do you think of this plan? 
This was followed a week or so later by another letter written on May 5, 1876, in which Ellen White again brought up the photographs. Apparently "Dunham" had finally come through with a dozen photographs of James.
Dunham gave me one dozen of these last pictures of yours. Shall I send them to you? What do you think of them? I told him I did not like them. They did not look natural, but you can use them. If so, let me know. 
In 1878 a photograph taken of Ellen and her twin sister Elizabeth Bangs shows two photographs of men on the table next to them - one framed, the other unframed. Interestingly, the unframed one rests on the arm of a contraption that seems to hold a rather magnifying glass that can be adjusted to perfectly view the photograph. While it does not say where the pictures were taken, the men had to be known to the sisters, or else why would they have posed with their photographs.
So what happened to the 'vision' Ellen White said she was given in 1865, that showed her that picture-taking had been carried to too great lengths by Sabbath-keeping Adventists? Had she forgotten that, at that time, she categorically stated that she deeply regretted that they had ever consented to have their photographs taken?
Ellen White also apparently carried around a "pocket album". On May 23, 1882, she wrote to her son Willie
If you have Father's pictures, please bring them. I want to show them. My pocket album I left at Healdsburg. 
On July 21, 1886, Ellen White wrote to her daughter from Copenhagen.
Well, Addie, I would be pleased to have you get your picture taken and write to May to do the same. I will settle the bills. I want to see the faces of my children once more. You may write to May to get this done at once and send to me. 
Picture Taking - The Idolatry of the Second Commandment - Or Not?
In 1885 Ellen G. White, writing from Norway, said that fanatical critics had interpreted "the second commandment to apply even to photographs" and had burned pictures of their friends, introducing a "spirit of criticism, fault-finding, and dissension".
Two serious problems plagued this important church: a lax spirit in regard to Sabbath observance, and fanatical criticism over matters of minor importance. In place of the true test of loyalty, the church members had manufactured tests of their own on dress and photographic pictures. Interpreting the second commandment to apply even to photographs, some had burned pictures of their friends. "Thus a spirit of criticism, fault-finding, and dissension had come in, which had been a great injury to the church.
"It is true," Ellen White told them during the course of her visit, "that altogether too much money is expended upon pictures; not a little means which should flow into the treasury of God is paid to the artist. But the evil that will result to the church from the course of these extremists is far greater than that which they are trying to correct.” 
Amazingly, in another one of her endless flip flops, on December 23, 1890 Ellen White wrote An Appeal to the Churches that included the following
The year 1890 is nearly closed.... Many spend considerable sums for photographs to give to their friends. Picture-taking is carried to extravagant lengths, and encourages a species of idolatry. How much more pleasing to God it would be if all this means were invested in publications which would direct souls to Christ and the precious truths for this time! The money wasted on needless things would supply many a table with reading-matter on present truth, which would prove a savor of life unto life. 
Which was followed, a month later by the following, written on January 22, 1891
We have for years been waging a war with spiritual idolatry. Scriptural conversions are not as abundant as we could wish. There are so many things put in the place where God should be, when He should have the entire room and every nook and corner should reveal His presence. We have a constant contest with idolatry. Many things which gratify the lust of the eye are taking precious time and stealing away precious money. The senses are pleased but God is robbed both of time and money. I am pained to see the photographs multiplied and hanging everywhere. 
And, just a few years later, on April 31, 1901
During the night I have been greatly distressed. A burden rested upon me. I was taken from house to house, through the homes of our people, and as we went from room to room, my Instructor said, "Behold the idols that have accumulated." I had been pleading with God to work in behalf of His people. My attention was called to the many photographs which have been produced by God's entrusted capital. I was instructed that these pictures are as so many idols, taking up the time and thought that should be sacredly devoted to God...
This making and exchanging photographs is a species of idolatry. Satan is doing all he can to eclipse heaven from our view. Let us not help him by making picture-idols. We need to reach a higher standard than these human faces suggest. The Lord says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." 
The "making and exchanging photographs is a species of idolatry"? But wasn't that exactly what she criticized the church in Norway for, i.e "interpreting the second commandment to apply even to photographs"
On September 20, 1899 Ellen White wrote the following while she was in Australia,
The Lord has instructed me that the money expended in photographs might better be used in feeding the poor and clothing the naked. It might better be invested in buying pamphlets and books for those who cannot buy them for themselves. ... In view of the plain, decided utterances of the Lord, would it not be well for us to bind about our desires? ....God's people should carefully avoid every species of idolatry. Take from your walls and shelves all that comes under the Lord's instruction regarding images, all that is robbing Him of the honor you should give Him. Invest the money the Lord has given you in that which will abound to His glory. 
But I guess the Australian church never read this message. One year later on October 1, 1900, just before the Whites left Australia for good, the Cooranbong church held a farewell service. In view of the people's appreciation for the White's "earnest efforts" and thankfulness for the success that attended their labors ...
Two autograph albums had been prepared, one for Ellen White and one for the W. C. White family. Both were beautifully bound, and each contained original drawings, photographs, and messages from churches and from individuals expressing appreciation, friendship, and love. 
The description of these albums (gold embossed and bound in velvet with gold-edged leaves) leaves little doubt that they cost quite a large sum to make, money that might have "better been used in feeding the poor and clothing the naked" as Ellen White herself said. Yet, this didn't seem to bother her at all. After speaking briefly about going to America, she said "I thank you for this token of your kind regard and remembrance. I shall esteem it highly."  On the voyage
She spent many pleasant hours paging through the autograph album given her during the farewell service at Cooranbong. So did the Willie White family on the deck below, as day by day they read a few pages. These albums, gold embossed and bound in bright, royal-blue velvet with gold-edged leaves, still convey nostalgia and warmth; one cannot read them without feeling drawn to those for whom they were so lovingly and carefully prepared. There was a section for every day of the voyage, and each section was introduced by an exquisite little watercolor painting, the Moana itself often appearing in the picture.
The brown-toned photographs help to tell the story of the work in Australia. There is the electro-hydropathic institute in Adelaide. There are pictures of neat little churches Ellen White had visited and in which she had made investments to help the companies of believers who needed meeting houses. There are portraits of friends, and scenes from her Sunnyside home. One page was reserved for pictures of their watchdog, Tiglath-Pileser, at Sunnyside. 
Ellen White's Elmshaven Home
Finally, if you remember, in an 1899 message, Ellen White said "Take from your walls and shelves all that comes under the Lord's instruction regarding images, all that is robbing Him of the honor you should give Him. Invest the money the Lord has given you in that which will abound to His glory. 
On her return from Australia in 1900, Ellen White bought a home in Elmshaven CA. where she lived until her death in 1915. According to the site www.elmshaven.org,
Today, the home is furnished much as it was when Ellen White lived and worked here. In fact, many of the furnishings belonged to her, and still sit where she placed them".
Pictures, both on the Elmshaven site and others taken by individuals, show quite a few photographs on the walls and some of the furniture although, in most cases, it is impossible to tell who the photographs are of. There are two photographs in old fashioned looking round frames one on each side of her bedroom dresser, and a third perched above it. There is another one on the wall near the window and possibly one on the other side of her bed. Also See Photographs taken by an Individual HERE
There are at least two on the fireplace mantel and what looks like a photograph on a building on the wall above it (this third one could possibly have been added later as it is not evident in earlier photographs of the fireplace) SEE. There are also photographs on the chest in Ellen White’s writing room. SEE or HERE.
In one of the above quotes, Ellen White said people should "study economy in purchasing garments and furniture" and told them "not expend one dollar of God's money in purchasing needless articles", because their "money means the salvation of souls". However, when she went to the new Loma Linda sanitarium around 1905, Robert J. A. Burden, who was close to the enterprise reported that Ellen White was "delighted with developments" and
While there she counted 109 Russian towels. She noted also the smaller linen towels, which she did not take time to count. She was "more and more pleased" with the place as she continued her inspection: feather pillows, excellent cotton mattresses, two hair mattresses, good Brussels carpets, thirty-five cotton and woolen blankets besides what was on the beds, about a dozen sofa cushions, washbowls of the most beautiful sort, and fine iron bedsteads (Letter 353, 1905). 
I wonder how much "economy" was practiced. As far as I know, the only thing that would distinguish 'Russian towels' from local ones would be the fact that they were often richly embroidered, often in red on a white background - the designs and patterns specific to the region that produced them. Some examples from the late nineteenth century have been preserved in the museum in Leningrad, others in private collections. See Blackwork (Dover Embroidery, Needlepoint) Paperback by Mary Gostelow. But then she may have been referring to some other kind of 'Russian’ towel.
According to Ellen White
There is little question that Ellen White was right when she said
We see ladies professing godliness wear elegant gold chains, necklaces, rings, and other jewelry, with a profusion of feathers and ribbons, and expensive trimmings, while want stalks in the street, and the suffering and destitute are in every side. These do not interest them, nor awaken their sympathy. But they will weep over the imaginary sufferings depicted in the last novel. They have no care for the cries of the needy, no eyes to behold the cold, and almost naked forms of women and children around them. They look upon real want as a species of crime, and withdraw from suffering humanity as from a contagious disease. To such Christ will say, "I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat, I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not." 
However, as with her 'health reform' and almost everything else I can think of, she took things to extremes. On October 23, 1877, Ellen White wrote from Oakland, California that
Superfluous tucks, ruffles, and ornaments of any kind should be avoided as contradictory to our profession of faith as followers of the meek and lowly Jesus. Frequently the trimmings of a dress cost more than the material for the dress itself. We warn our Christian sisters against the tendency to make their dresses according to worldly styles, thus attracting attention. The house of God is profaned by the dress of professedly Christian women of today. A fantastic dress, a display of gold chains and gaudy laces, is a certain indication of a weak head and a proud heart. 
At some point in time, she also wrote that....
Self-denial in dress is a part of our Christian duty. To dress plainly, abstaining from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind, is in keeping with our faith. Love of dress and pleasure is wrecking the happiness of thousands... 
She even objected to wedding rings. In 1892 she wrote from Australia,
I feel deeply over this leavening process which seems to be going on among us, in the conformity to custom and fashion. Not one penny should be spent for a circlet of gold to testify that we are married. 
The Bible and Jewellery
When a Mrs. D, a lady at the institute in Battle Creek, told another sister that they had been over-scrupulous in the subject of dress and now dressed like other people and wore gold watches and gold chains, Peter and Paul's words regarding outward adornment were quoted to her.  However, this is a classic case of very selective reading of the Scriptures.
The Nation of Israel: Before they left Egypt the people were instructed to ask what was (possibly) recompense for their years of slavery.
"I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. "But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians." (Exodus 3:21-22 NASB)
While it is tragic that the very things granted the nation of Israel by the providence of God, should be used to make the golden calf, there is no question that the ancient Israelites wore jewelry.
Aaron said to them, "Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." (Exodus 32:2 NASB)
Abraham was called the friend of God yet when he sent his servant Eliezer to find Isaac a wife from among his kindred, the Bible tells us that Eliezer took "goodly things" belonging to Abraham with him (Genesis 24:10). That these presents included some very costly jewelry for the bride is told us in verse 22... "a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold". It is obvious that Abraham did not think the wearing of jewelry was sinful.
Rebecca, one of the most prominent women of the Old Testament wore what Abraham, her father in law to be, had sent.
"Then I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him'; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists... The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. (Genesis 24:47, 53 NASB)
Joseph: When the Pharaoh realized that the spirit of God was in Joseph, he gave Joseph a gold chain. Had the wearing of jewelry been sinful, Joseph would not have accepted the gift, which would have been mentioned in the account to make that very point.
Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck. (Genesis 41:41-42 NASB)
Job: Similarly, Job was given gold rings which there is no evidence of him refusing.
Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money, and each a ring of gold. (Job 42:11 NASB)
Daniel: The prophet Daniel was a loyal servant of the Lord and refused to obey the royal edict to pray only to the king. Which is why we can be sure that if the wearing of jewelry was wrong, Daniel would have rejected the gold chain given him by Belshazzar who was the acting monarch, reigning in place of his absent father, Nabonidus.
Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he now had authority as the third ruler in the kingdom. (Daniel 5:29 NASB)
Although the passage below is metaphoric, it seems very unlikely that, was jewelry a bad thing, God would have used it as an example of the blessings He had poured out on the nation..
"Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. "I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. "I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. "I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. "Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. "Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you," declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 16:9-14 NASB)
Peter and Paul
In light of which, it is impossible that either Peter or Paul was forbidding the wearing of jewelry. When Peter said...
Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Peter 3:3-5),
the point he was making was not that a woman should never beautify her physical self but her outward adornment is to be moderation. Since the soul is far more important that the body, the emphasis has to be on inward adornment. Paul's words...
Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. (1 Timothy 2:9-10 NASB)
...did not mean he was forbidding braided hair and jewelry, but was providing some general guidelines for women's clothing. Then, as now, Christian women should avoid pretentiousness and flamboyance intended to impress or attract notice.
Both apostles were concerned that women might have an excessive concern about their outward appearance at the expense of more important things, such as godliness and a meek spirit.
Interestingly, Ellen White was not above some adornment of dress. One photograph taken when she was older, and that graces the cover of her book Prophetess of Health, also clearly shows a cascade of lace around her collar. SEE. She also related an incident that occurred on the ship that was taking them to Australia
Steamship Alameda. December 7, 1891 - We are nearing Sydney, and this is our last day on shipboard
Sister Kerr took me into her parlor bedroom and opened a box of ruches for the neck, and desired me to accept the entire box. Her husband is a merchant in Honolulu and, though not a believer, he is a very liberal man. She also presented me with three yards and a half of silk, costing three dollars a yard with which I was to make a sack. I saw that she was very desirous that I should have this, and I could not refuse without greatly disappointing her. It was beautiful silk left from a dress which she had. She also gave me a silk scarf and a ten-dollar pin composed of white stones, very plain and serviceable. I thought I could not accept this, but she looked so sorry that I finally did take it and have worn it ever since, for it is handy and becoming, while it is not showy at all. 
Note, a ruche is a 'strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress at the collar or sleeves'. Additionally, the pin she was given was not a cheap one. According to most calculations $10.00 in those days is equivalent to over $200 today.
In a message to "the Teachers and Students of Our College in Battle Creek and in All Our Educational Institutions", Ellen White said
I cannot find an instance in the life of Christ where He devoted time to play and amusement. He was the great Educator for the present and the future life. I have not been able to find one instance where He educated His disciples to engage in amusements of football or pugilistic games to obtain physical exercise, or in theatrical performances; and yet Christ is our pattern in all things. [31c]
After reading everything that Ellen White had to say about what people were not to do in their spare time, I am at a loss as to imagine what she thought was permissible for them to do entertain themselves - to enjoy their lives - to have a little fun. But then "fun" was probably a dirty word in Ellen White's dictionary. I guess she just expected them to do nothing but read her endless diatribes and lectures in the Review - and sit around and twiddle their thumbs the rest of the time.
In spite of her so called 'health reforms', I would not be at all surprised to hear Adventists died at a very early age- of boredom. It is so terribly sad to imagine how much joy she must have taken out of people's lives.
Do not forget that the SDA church believes Ellen White to be a prophetess whose "writings speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction to the church.  and that she herself said.
"In ancient times God spoke to men by the mouth of prophets and apostles. In these days he speaks to them by the testimonies of his Spirit. There was never a time when God more earnestly instructed his people concerning his will, and the course that he would have them pursue, than now. But will they profit by his teachings? will they receive his reproofs and heed the warnings? God will accept of no partial obedience; he will sanction no compromise with self... 
In other words, you cannot pick and choose which of God's instructions you will follow and which you will not. And that means that the next time your child decides to bicycle race with someone or you watch the Tour De France remember that, according to the prophet, God says it is idolatry and an offense to Him. Baseball, among other sports, is a trap set by the synagogue of Satan.
If you go on a picnic, remember that Ellen White was "shown" that this is an indulgence that will separate you from God and parties are an oblation to Satan. Oh yes, and no indoor games for believers - apparently, both chess and checkers are condemned by Heaven.
In a Testimony to Battle Creek written on July 20, 1894
I was called by my Guide, who said, "Follow Me," and I was shown things among our people that were not in accordance with their faith. There seemed to be a bicycle craze. Money was spent to gratify an enthusiasm in this direction that might better, far better, have been invested in building houses of worship where they are greatly needed... was told by my Guide, "Look ye, and behold the idolatry of my people, to whom I have been speaking, rising up early, and presenting to them their dangers. I looked that they should bring forth fruit.” There were some who were striving for the mastery, each striving to excel others in the swift running of their bicycles.
There was a spirit of strife and contention among them, as to which should be the greatest. The spirit was similar to that manifested in the ball games on the College grounds. Said my Guide, "These things are an offense to God... Is this investment of money, and this spinning of bicycles through the streets of Battle Creek, giving evidence of the genuineness of your faith in the proclamation of the last most solemn warning to be given to human beings on the very verge of the eternal world? 
Baseball -Yes or No?
A message dated February 9, 1896
Cricket, baseball, gambling, and the variety of plans and methods which the synagogue of Satan has prepared to entrap unwary souls, are common and all-absorbing. Papers filled with the recital of the success of these various games are placed before the young as food for their minds, that the matter of amusement may predominate over their eternal interests. 
On November 29, 1898, Ellen White wrote to a 'brother Moon' from Australia. Her letter said, in part
There are plenty of people who do not care for anything that is serious... They put into their stomachs things which benumb the mind, confuse the senses, and make them incapable of acting as sensible men. Amusements for self gratification, horse races, cricket and baseball matches, theater entertainments and gambling, are all in full force, testifying that we are living in the time when the end of all things is at hand. 
Yet, when Ellen White returned from Australia and bought the property she named Elmshaven, the 60 acres of land was put to many uses, including accommodation for her staff, a home for Willie, nearly an acre of land for a church school, and a baseballl field. According to text.egwwritings.org
She was pleased that her own grandchildren could attend this school. Part of her cow pasture just across the Sanitarium Road was soon serving as a baseball field. 
Apparently, baseball, did not entrap unwary souls as long as it was played on Ellen White's property.
Tennis and Cricket
Watching Wimbledon is definitely out, nor can you Britishers play cricket lest you be weighed in the balance and found wanting. Both sports are Satan working on human minds.
In April, 1900, a holiday was appointed at the Avondale school for Christian workers. The program for the day provided for a meeting in the chapel in the morning, at which I and others addressed the students, calling their attention to what God had wrought in the building up of this school, and to their privilege and opportunities as students. After the meeting, the remainder of the day was spent by the students in various games and sports, some of which were frivolous, rude, and grotesque.
During the following night I seemed to be witnessing the performances of the afternoon. The scene was clearly laid out before me, and I was given a message for the manager and teachers of the school. I was shown that in the amusements carried on at the school that afternoon the enemy gained a victory, and teachers were weighed in the balances and found wanting.... . By what they permitted they marred their record and grieved the Spirit of God. 
In another version of the same incident, Ellen White compared the teachers, who allowed the students to play cricket and tennis, with Aaron...
On one occasion a view of these things was presented before me. The students were playing games of tennis and cricket matches. Then I saw an expression of the character of those amusements. It was presented to me as a species of idolatry, like the idols of the nations. They were more than visible spectators on the ground; Satan and his angels were at work on human minds, making his impressions. Hearing a voice, I turned to see who spoke to me, when One with dignity and command said, "Is this the celebration of the opening of the school? Is this the gratitude offering you present to God for the blessings He has given you?...
Turning to the teachers, he said, "You have made a mistake in this action that will leave its slimy trail and will be hard to efface. The Lord God of Israel is not glorified in the school. If, at this time, the Lord should permit your life to end, many would be lost, eternally separated from God and the righteous.
These things are a repetition of the course of Aaron, who allowed the first beginning of wrong in permitting a spirit of hilarity and commonness with the armies of Israel. God and Moses were in the mount. The first men of the people of Israel were also in the mount, but they were not in communion with God as was Moses. Aaron was left in the responsible position of a general in Moses' place. He showed his weakness by not withstanding the propositions of the people. They ate and drank as they chose; they became so intemperate in eating and drinking that they afterward rose up to have a play, an innocent frolic, as they supposed.
Aaron could have exercised his authority to hold the people back, but just as in his home he failed with his children, so the same defective ministration was shown in his management of the congregation of Israel. 
This is a perfect example of how Ellen White twisted the Scriptures in order to provide support for her own ideas. When Moses went up on the mountain, the sin of the people was not in becoming "intemperate" in eating and drinking. Exodus 32:7-8 and 35 tell us exactly what sin the people had committed.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, "Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. "They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'" (Exodus 32:7-8 NASB)
Then the Lord smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made. (Exodus 32:35 NASB)
Ellen White apparently approved of gymnastics. In her words, "The practice of gymnastics furnishes diversion for the mind and exercise for the muscles, and is thus conducive to health" 
I guess she didn't think that tennis and cricket provide "diversion for the mind and exercise for the muscles".
Card playing should be prohibited. The associations and tendencies are dangerous. The prince of the powers of darkness presides in the gaming room and wherever there is card playing. Evil angels are familiar guests in these places. There is nothing in such amusements beneficial to soul or body. There is nothing to strengthen the intellect, nothing to store it with valuable ideas for future use. 
+ Dancing, Chess and Checkers
There are amusements, such as dancing, card playing, chess, checkers, etc., which we cannot approve, because Heaven condemns them. These amusements open the door for great evil. They are not beneficial in their tendency, but have an exciting influence, producing in some minds a passion for those plays which lead to gambling and dissipation. All such plays should be condemned by Christians, and something perfectly harmless should be substituted in their place. 
When the game of checkers was introduced at the Institute a few years since, I was shown that its tendencies were evil. It might amuse, but it would result in far more harm than good. That which is thought to be a benefit is in reality a detriment. The nerves become excited, the mental forces are unduly taxed, and recovery of health is hindered. 
"Among the most dangerous resorts for pleasure is the theater. Instead of being a school of morality and virtue, as is so often claimed, it is the very hotbed of immorality... There is no influence in our land more powerful to poison the imagination, to destroy religious impressions, and to blunt the relish for the tranquil pleasures and sober realities of life than theatrical amusements... The love for these scenes increases with every indulgence, as the desire for intoxicating drink strengthens with its use. The only safe course is to shun the theater, the circus, and every other questionable place of amusement." 
+ Billiards, Bowling and Dancing
The true Christian will not desire to enter any place of amusement or engage in any diversion upon which he cannot ask the blessing of God. He will not be found at the theater, the billiard hall, or the bowling saloon. He will not unite with the gay waltzers, or indulge in any other bewitching pleasure that will banish Christ from the mind. To those who plead for these diversions, we answer, We cannot indulge in them in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. The blessing of God would not be invoked upon the hour spent at the theater or in the dance. No Christian would wish to meet death in such a place. No one would wish to be found there when Christ shall come. 
Parties, Singing And Concerts
Parties for frivolous, worldly pleasure, gatherings for eating, drinking, and singing, are inspired by a spirit that is from beneath. They are an oblation to Satan. The exhibitions in the bicycle craze are an offense to God. His wrath is kindled against those who do such things. 
The practice of calling in the rich and fashionable to give concerts for the diversion of the patients has had an influence contrary to the spirit of the gospel... If the Sanitarium shall retrograde as rapidly in the future as it has done in the past, in introducing worldly amusements and theatrical performances, the Lord will withdraw his protecting care from that institution. 
Reading - Uncle Tom's Cabin, Robinson Crusoe etc.
Dear Brother E,
I have just read the Review and Herald and have seen your article giving a list of good books for our youth. I was much surprised to read your recommendation of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Robinson Crusoe, and such books. You are in danger of becoming somewhat careless in your writing. It would be well to give thought and careful study to whatever is to be immortalized in print. I am really alarmed to see that your spiritual eyesight is not more clear in the matter of selecting and recommending reading for our youth. I know that the recommendation in our papers of such infatuating books as Uncle Tom's Cabin will in many minds justify the reading of other books which are nothing but fiction... This recommendation will make taxing work for those who are laboring to persuade the youth to discard fictitious reading. I have repeatedly seen the evil of reading such books as you recommend, and have an article all prepared, cautioning our youth in this very matter... It is Satan's work to present to our youth newspaper stories and storybooks that fascinate the senses and thus destroy their relish for the word of God. 
She continued a few pages later...
Years ago reproof was given our editors in regard to advocating the reading of even such books as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Aesop's Fables, and Robinson Crusoe. Those who begin to read such works usually desire to continue to read novels. Through the reading of enticing stories they rapidly lose their spirituality. This is one of the principal causes of the weak, uncertain spirituality of many of our youth.
They have become infatuated and charmed with just such food for the mind as the intensely exciting stories contained in Uncle Tom's Cabin. That book did good in its day to those who needed an awakening in regard to their false ideas of slavery; but we are standing upon the very borders of the eternal world, where such stories are not needed in the preparation for eternal life. 
By the way, she also objected to a picture of Shakespeare's birthplace
Inappropriate Periodical Illustration - I was greatly pained to see on the first page of a recent issue of the Signs a picture of the birthplace of Shakespeare, accompanied by an article on Shakespeare. May the Lord pity our discernment if we have no better food than this to give the flock of God. It greatly distresses me to see those in positions of trust, who should daily be gaining a rich experience, placing such matter before the people.
She called upon the men "in responsible positions in God's work" to lift their voices against the worship of human beings" and was so distressed they had placed "such matter before the people" that she became sick in body. 
"Sick in body"? Seriously?
They have not been willing to give up the world, but have united with the world in attending picnics and other gatherings for pleasure, flattering themselves that they were engaging in innocent amusement. Yet it is just such indulgences that separate them from God and make them children of the world. 
They profess to be looking for the coming of the Son of man, yet some of them have been miserable examples to unbelievers. They have not been willing to give up the world, but have united with them, have attended picnics, and other gatherings of pleasure, flattering themselves that they were engaging in innocent amusement. Yet I was shown that it was just such indulgences that separate them from God, and make them children of the world. 
So What Were People Supposed to do in Their Leisure Time?
Let several families living in a city or village unite and leave the occupations which have taxed them physically and mentally, and take an excursion into the country, to the side of a fine lake or to a nice grove, where the scenery of nature is beautiful. They should provide themselves with plain, hygienic food, the very best fruits and grains, and spread their table under the shade of some tree or under the canopy of heaven. The ride, the exercise, and the scenery will quicken the appetite, and they can enjoy a repast which kings might envy. 
Wait a minute! Isn't that a picnic?
Written a mere three months apart, I find these two contradictory statements very confusing and very convenient.
March 30, 1906. St. Helena, California. "To Those Who Are Perplexed Regarding the Testimonies Relating to the Medical Missionary Work"
Recently in the visions of the night I stood in a large company of people. There were present Dr. Kellogg, Elders Jones, Tenney, and Taylor, Dr. Paulson, Elder Sadler, Judge Arthur, and many of their associates. I was directed by the Lord to request them, and any others who have perplexities and grievous things in their minds regarding the testimonies that I have borne, to specify what their objections and criticisms are. The Lord will help me to answer these objections and to make plain that which seems to be intricate. 
June 3, 1906. St. Helena, California. "Hold Fast the Beginning of Your Confidence"
For many months I have been troubled as I have seen that some of our brethren whom God has used in His cause are now perplexed over the scientific theology which has come in to lead man away from a true faith in God. Sabbath night, a week ago, after I had been prayerfully studying over these things, I had a vision in which I was speaking before a large company, where many questions were asked concerning my work and writings. I was directed by a messenger from heaven not to take the burden of picking up and answering all the sayings and doubts that are being put into many minds. 
On November 10, 1896, Ellen white wrote that 1896, that no one could appropriate their tithe money, "even in what they may regard as the Lord's work"
God has given special direction as to the use to which the tithe should be devoted. He does not design that his work shall be crippled for want of means. That there may be no haphazard work and no error, he has made our duty on all these points very plain. The portion that God has reserved for himself is not to be diverted to any other purpose than that which he has specified. Let none feel at liberty to retain their tithe to use according to their own judgment. They are not to use it for themselves in any emergency, nor to apply it as they see fit, even in what they may regard as the Lord's work. 
Some nine years after Ellen White said "no one could appropriate their tithe money", an agent of the Southern Missionary Society received as a gift from one church the sum of about $400 to assist in the work of the society. This was in response to his appeal for help in evangelizing the South. For some reason, the action was considered irregular on the part of both the giver and the receiver, and prompted a letter from Ellen White on January 22, 1905. Her letter said, in part..
It has been presented to me for years that my tithe was to be appropriated by myself to aid the white and colored ministers who were neglected and did not receive sufficient, properly to support their families. When my attention was called to aged ministers, white or black, it was my special duty to investigate into their necessities and supply their needs. This was to be my special work, and I have done this in a number of cases.
I have myself appropriated my tithe to the most needy cases brought to my notice. I have been instructed to do this; and as the money is not withheld from the Lord's treasury, it is not a matter that should be commented upon, for it will necessitate my making known these matters, which I do not desire to do, because it is not best.
Some cases have been kept before me for years, and I have supplied their needs from the tithe, as God has instructed me to do. And if any person shall say to me, Sister White, will you appropriate my tithe where you know it is most needed, I shall say, Yes, I will; and I have done so. I commend those sisters who have placed their tithe where it is most needed to help do a work that is being left undone, and if this matter is given publicity, it will create a knowledge which would better be left as it is. I do not care to give publicity to this work which the Lord has appointed me to do, and others to do. 
About this the Seventh Day Adventists say Ellen White was a messenger of God with "special light and special responsibility in behalf of the needy and the oppressed" thus was "given special and exceptional authority regarding the use of her tithe". In other words, under the excuse that she had special responsibilities, Ellen White was exempt from her own instructions. 
There is not a single one of the Lord's prophets in the Bible who considered themselves exempt from any of God's commandments. Why? Because, unlike EW, the source of their teachings was the Lord, and they dared not avoid doing anything He had commanded of the general population.
Was John Kellogg a physician of the Lord, or a tool of the devil?
1888 Materials: God wants His workers to stand shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Kellogg, who at times has been almost desperate and has almost lost his reason because of the positions taken by some... As I was praying, a soft light filled the room, bringing with it a fragrance as of beautiful flowers. Then a voice seemed to say, "Accept the invitation of My servant, John Kellogg, to make his house your home. I have appointed him as My physician, and you can be an encouragement to him.” 
November 11, 1902: I have the tenderest feelings toward you, Dr. Kellogg. There is no one on earth who understands you as well as I do, and no one else who will tell you of your dangers. When the Lord gives me a message for you, I shall surely give it to you. 
Two years later
July 23, 1904: If those who profess to be medical missionaries had stood away from Dr. Kellogg's seductive sophistries, they would not now be where they are - regarded by God as unfaithful stewards because they have harmonized with the doctor, who is certainly under the enemy's deceptive influence. 
Criticism of Others
Softening the Messages... Yes or No?
Ellen White once wrote
We are exhorted to love as brethren, to be kind, courteous, forbearing, in honor preferring one another. Love for God and for one another constitutes the divine credentials which the children of God bear to the world. "By this," said Jesus, "shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Those who cherish this love will sacredly guard the interests of one another. No evil reports will be carried; tattling and gossip will cease; Christ and the truth will be magnified.
None who continue to cherish a querulous, fault-finding disposition can enter heaven; for they would mar its peace and harmony...The members of the church should pledge themselves to walk together in harmony. Each should set a guard over his own heart, not permitting himself to think evil of his brethren, but giving them credit for all the good qualities they possess. 
She also said that she often softened the messages
It was a great cross for me to relate to the erring what had been shown me concerning them. It caused me great distress to see others troubled or grieved. And when obliged to declare the messages, I would often soften them down, and make them appear as favorable for the individual as I could, and then would go by myself and weep in agony of spirit. 
I am afraid that I have read several of Ellen White's letters written to individuals (excerpts below) who displeased her in some way. The word that best describes these letters is "vitriolic ". If these were 'softened', I dread to think what they would have been like 'unsoftened'.
No, wait a minute.
In another place she wrote that she softened none of the messages (that I can believe). And anyone who tried to do so would "meet their work at the judgment."
God has given me my work, and I must meet it at the judgment. Those who have chosen their own way, who have risen up against the plain testimonies given them, and have sought to shake the faith of others in them, must settle the matter with God. I take back nothing. I soften nothing to suit their ideas or to excuse their defects of character. I have not spoken as plainly as the case required. Those who would in any way lessen the force of the sharp reproofs which God has given me to speak, must meet their work at the judgment. 
What amazes me is that her scathing observations were always something that she had been "shown".
Brother and Sister Canright
In a letter written on November 12, 1873, from Battle Creek, Michigan to Brother and Sister Canright
Upon another point, I wish to speak in regard to your child. I tried kindly to point out the defect in your management, for the Lord had shown me much upon this subject. You regarded my counsels with silent indifference,...
Christ says of you, "Yet lackest thou one thing." He has given you a plain statement [of] what you lack. He has, through His humble servant, shown you that you lack devotion to the glory of God, that you lack moral excellence of character, which would lead you to have an unselfish interest for others.. You may be, in the eyes of others, perfect, but in the sight of God you have a spotted character and have selfishness to overcome. These defects will corrupt all your virtue unless they are overcome.
I was upon the point, at the conference last spring, of plainly stating in the conference what had been shown me in regard to you, but I did not feel exactly clear
When you make appeals in this direction, when you tell what you have done and how you have labored, you give evidence that you esteem your labors as of more value than they will bear; certainly higher than God regards them, as He has shown me the result of your labors.
God is displeased with your dictatorial manner toward your wife and toward those with whom you come in contact. In these things you need to reform.
They say that they were satisfied you were lifted up and had but little of the Spirit of God with you. Many observed your movements in taking the chairs and moving them from the stand, moving the table and making special preparation as if for an exhibition of D. M. Canright. Many said that your sermon had not the right ring. You raised your voice to a loud pitch, and it was painful to bear, and the absence of the Spirit of God was apparent to very many.
As a by the way she began the letter with the words
I have felt for some time that I ought to write to you, but have not found the time. I have arisen at half past five o'clock in the morning, helped Lucinda wash dishes, have written until dark, then done necessary sewing, sitting up until near midnight; yet we have not got sick. I have done the washings for the family after my day's writing was done. I have frequently been so weary as to stagger like an intoxicated person, but, praise the Lord, I have been sustained. 
Note: A the time of writing, D. M. Canright (Dudley Marvin), was a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church He eventually left the church and became a Baptist minister. Canright was one of Ellen White's severest critics.
Brother and Sister Abbey
In the same letter dated 1874, addressed to a brother and sister Abbey (mentioned earlier), Ellen White wrote
I have been shown that there should be with the patients and helpers no flirting with the men or remaining in their society or encouraging a disposition to seek their society, to chat with them
I have been shown that Brother and Sister Abbey have been guilty of a great sin in praising and flattering and indulging Lillie. She has been so weakened by this, that she is lacking in real good sense how to carry herself with propriety...
I was shown that your ill health was more in consequence of little indulgences and imprudence in labor on your part than from other causes.
I have been shown that your heart, and also Brother Abbey’s, has been estranged from Rosetta. She has not done right, but she has the qualities and is susceptible of religious impressions far ahead of your pet, Lillie. You have been partial in your affection... 
She also wrote that she heard that Lillie had her picture taken with young men, and went on to say "Some young men, that Lillie thinks she is charming by her presence, read her superficial character like an open book. They are perfectly disgusted with her course of conduct."
How did she know? Did the young men tell her, or was she "shown" this as well?
Sisters Harriett [Smith], Cornelia [Cornell], and Martha [Amadon]
I have a few words I wish to say to you three. I have been thinking over matters through the night and think I should give you the benefit of my thoughts. I am assured that great blindness is upon you, and I fear that you have so long resisted the light it has forever become darkness to you...
While in Montcalm County I attempted to write out matters in regard to the church in Battle Creek, as shown me at Adam's Center. I was shown that you have been left to great blindness.
God has marked your wicked feelings in your apparent indifference, when my poor husband, who had been your faithful, self-sacrificing pastor so many years, came to you... Like Jesuits you came in, took your seats in the back part of the house and showed contempt in your looks and deportment.
I was shown from the time of your dissembling in the office, darkness closed you about and you have been blinding your own eyes to your sins and errors. I was shown that jealousy, envy and retaliation was the foundation of very many of your feelings and burdens in our case.
At Adam's Center I was shown [that] if the secreting of a golden wedge and a Babylonish garment by one man brought the frown and wrath of God upon all the armies of Israel, the sin of you three women has been grievous in the sight of God.
Uriah [Smith], I saw at Adams Center, was entirely made unfit for his position. He could not tell light from darkness or darkness from light. Satan was paralyzing his sensibilities that he might come in the more readily and substitute error for truth, darkness for light. 
And there is much, much more in a similar vein.
The Cause in Texas
God has shown me much in regard to the work of Satan in Texas and the unchristian conduct of some who have moved there from Michigan.
I was shown that the Brethren B have not in heart accepted the testimony which has been given them. They have more confidence in themselves than in the spirit of prophecy... Not one of this family has had a religious experience that would qualify him to take any leading position in teaching the truth to others. "Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord,” were the words spoken by the angel of God. "Ye are not chosen vessels of God to do any part of His most sacred work. Ye mar and corrode, but do not purify and bless.” You have, Brethren B, ever held a low standard of Christianity.
The more limited their sphere in connection with the cause of God the better will it be for the cause. Their words and acts in matters of deal are not reliable. This is the case with A B and his brothers generally. The world and the church have a right to say that their religion is vain. They are worldly and scheming, and watch their opportunity to make a close bargain. They are harsh and severe with those who are connected with them. They are envious, jealous, puffed up.
They were harsh and severe?
I was shown that the condition of the ----- church is deplorable. Your influence, Brother A B, and that of your wife, has resulted, as you and all may see, in discord and strife...
I was shown that so far as talk is concerned, A B is qualified to lead the meetings; but when moral fitness is weighed, he is found wanting. His heart is not right with God..
I was shown that the brothers B and their families are descending lower and lower. "Clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit;" and if they continue in the course they have been pursuing, they will finally be "twice dead, plucked up by the roots.” 
Ellen White once wrote
“God has been pleased to open to me the secrets of the inner life and the hidden sins of His people. The unpleasant duty has been laid upon me to reprove wrongs and to reveal hidden sins.” 
However, although she wrote to many people regarding their "hidden sins", she completely missed the boat when it came to Nathan Fuller a highly esteemed SDA minister and founder of the Niles Hill Seventh-day Adventist meeting house. Aptly entitled The Triumph and Tragedy of Nathan Fuller, a 1977 article, published in the Adventist Heritage, described some of Nathan Fuller's effort and influence.
His ambitious preaching circuit took him 1,000 miles over dusty country roads during the summer of 1866. His reports tell of many thrilling meetings and revivals in far-scattered areas. Those who heard him preach wrote vivid reports regarding his moving eloquence. At the state conference session, one reporter described how "the Spirit 'of the Lord accompanied [Fuller's] words," and caused his listeners "to tremble as the question came to us, 'Is thy heart right?' " Throughout the weekend session, this reporter wrote, "our hearts were stirred within us" -as Fuller preached on health reform (with Ellen White listening), discipleship, and the sufferings of Christ. Except for two sermons by Ellen White, Fuller monopolized the weekend talks. 
Fuller was not only visited by James and Ellen While for Christmas evangelistic meeting around 1869, but at a recent General Conference session, he was a delegate from his conference (The Review and Herald, May 28, 1867). He was also one of the four main speakers at the Wright camp meeting. 
There were two or three such meetings each day. Through the week of meetings, sixteen discourses were given, six by James White, five by Ellen White, four by Andrews, and one by Nathan Fuller. Wrote Smith:
We doubt if a series of more stirring, earnest, vehement, and pointed discourses were ever consecutively given. They were all aglow with the fire of present truth. The Spirit of the Lord is evidently calling the minds of His servants to the special duties and dangers of the church at the present time.— A. W. Spalding, Origin and History of SDAs, vol. 2, p. 12. September 15, 1868. 
However, a very short time later (possibly the next year) Nathan's infidelities were brought to the notice of J. H. Waggoner, assistant editor for the Signs of the Times. Not only was Fuller guilty of adultery, but he had also apparently embezzled money. Read the entire story HERE
However, Ellen White never said a word to Fuller... She never wrote him one of her vitriolic letter exposing his "hidden sins". In all her dealings with the man, she apparently never once suspected him of his extra curricular activities. So when his sins came to light and Fuller confessed, Ellen White wrote
I was shown, October 2, 1868, the state of God's professed people [Pg. 1] I have sought to do my duty. I have specified the special sins of some. I was shown that the sins and errors of all in the wisdom of God would not be revealed (Pg. 12). The case of N. Fuller has caused me much grief and anguish of spirit. That he should yield himself to the control of Satan to work wickedness as he has done, is terrible. I believe that God designed this case of hypocrisy and villainy should be brought to light in the manner it has been, to prove a warning to others. (Pgs. 14-15) 
What happened to "God has been pleased to open to me the secrets of the inner life and the hidden sins of His people". We are to believe that she was "shown" some relatively inconsequential matters such as a young single woman flirted with young men, that God was displeased with a minister's dictatorial manner toward his wife and, most ridiculous of all, that the dining room and kitchen of the sanitarium were not clean.
Yet, we are to believe that God neglected to show Ellen White that a prominent church minister was committing adultery and embezzling church's money.
Dress and Deportment of Ministers
In an 1871 address to ministers, Ellen White said that in their apparel, minister often showed "a lack of taste, and a lack of order", with some wearing " a vest of a light color, while their pants are dark, or the vest dark and pants light, with no taste or orderly arrangement"
She also said
"One minister conversing with another in the desk before the congregation, laughing and appearing to have no burden of the work, or lacking a solemn sense of their sacred calling, dishonors the truth"... According to the light that has been given me, it would be pleasing to God for them to bow down as soon as they step into the pulpit, and solemnly ask help from God.
A minister negligent of his apparel often wounds those of refined sensibilities and good taste. Those who are backward in this respect, should correct their errors and be more circumspect. The loss of some souls at last will be traced to the untidiness of the minister. The first appearance affected the people unfavorably because they could not link his appearance in any way with the truths he presented. His dress was against him; and the impression given, was, that they were a careless set anyhow; we see that they do not care anything about their dress, and we do not want anything to do with such a class of people.
They should speak with reverence. Some destroy the solemn impression they may have made upon the people, by raising their voices to a very high pitch, and hallooing and screaming out the truth. Truth loses two-thirds or three-quarters of its sweetness, its force, and solemnity, by being presented in this manner. But if the voice is toned right, if it has in it solemnity, and is so modulated as to be even pathetic, it will have a much better impression. This was the tone in which Christ taught his disciples. He impressed them with solemnity.
Some of our preachers are killing themselves by long, tedious praying, and loudly exercising the voice, when a lower tone would make a better impression, and save their own strength... There is another class that address the people in a whining tone, not with hearts softened by the Spirit of God; but they think they must make an impression by the appearance of humility.
The teachings of Christ were impressive and solemn. His voice was melodious. And should not we, as well as Christ, study to have melody in our voices?
And much more along the same lines. I have to wonder how Ellen White knew what "tone" Christ used when He taught His disciples and that He had a "melodious" voice. Or perhaps that was shown her as well. 
Oh and by the way
The Swiss Were Worse Than Heathens
In 1885, Ellen White was in Basel, Switzerland. An entry in her diary made in November of that year reads...
We can do nothing that would close up the way before us in this country like taking a position of superiority and putting before the people that we consider them heathen. In truth they are worse than heathen, but this we are not to tell them. The clergy consider themselves as teachers, highly religious, and their churches send out missionaries to the work of converting the savages; but to have the implication that a similar work must be done for them they would consider the worst kind of insult. [74b]
Examples of Plagiarism
In answer to the charge that 50% of Ellen White's writings was copied from others, the site ellenwhite.org says
The answer is No, on two counts: the percentage is exaggerated, and the term "copied" is misleading. Mrs. White did adapt the wording of other works whose treatments of themes she was writing on she found helpful. Rarely, if ever, will you find an entire sentence brought over intact. But you can find words and phrases carried over to a greater or lesser degree. 
Which is a perfect example of splitting hairs.
While the following examples are from The Life of Ellen White - Chapter 10 - A Great Plagiarist by D.M. Canright , I was unwilling to take anyone's word for it, and looked up several of the many examples given.
1) The first three examples are from "Life and Epistles of the Apostle Paul" By Conybeare and Howson, 1855, 3rd ed.
C and H: "The judges sat in the open air, upon seats hewn out in the rock, on a platform which was ascended by a flight of stone steps immediately from the Agora" (p. 308). 
Ellen White: "The judges sat in the open air, upon seats hewn out in the rock, on a platform which was ascended by a flight of stone steps from the valley below" (p. 93) 
C and H: "In their rage and impatience they tossed off their outer garments (as on that other occasion when the garments were laid at the feet of Saul himself) and threw dust into the air with frantic violence. This commotion threw Lysias into new perplexity. He had not been able to understand the apostle's Hebrew speech and when he saw its results he concluded that his prisoner must be guilty of some enormous crime. He ordered him therefore to be taken immediately from the stairs into the barracks and to be examined by a torture in order to elicit a confession of his guilt" (p. 557) 
Ellen White: In their excitement they flung off their garments, as they had done years before at the martyrdom of Stephen, and threw dust into the air with frantic violence. This fresh outbreak threw the Roman captain into great perplexity. He had not understood Paul's Hebrew address, and concluded from the general excitement that his prisoner must be guilty of some great crime. The loud demands of the people that Paul be delivered into their hands made the comma. 
C and H: "But all of the disciples now ministering to Paul at Rome, none has for us a greater interest than the fugitive Asiatic slave Onesimus. He belonged to a Christian named Philemon, a member of the Colossian church. But he had robbed his master and at last found his way to Rome" (p. 640) 
Ellen White: Among the disciples who ministered to Paul at Rome was Onesimus, a fugitive slave from the city of Colosse. He belonged to a Christian named Philemon, a member of the Colossian church. But he had robbed his master and fled to Rome. 
If you continue reading both accounts about Philemon, the similarity is way too close for comfort.
2) The second example is from "The History Of The Waldenses" by J.A. Wylie
J.A. Wylie: The bull invited all Catholics to take up the cross against the heretics; and to stimulate them in this pious work, it "absolved from all ecclesiastical pains and penalties, general and particular; it released all who joined the crusade from any oaths they might have taken; it legitimatized their title to any property they might have illegally acquired, and promised remission of all their sins to such as should kill any heretic. It annulled all contracts made in favor of Vaudois, ordered their domestics to abandon them, forbade all persons to give them any aid whatever, and empowered all persons to take possession of their property." 
Ellen White: This bull invited all Catholics to take up the cross against the heretics. In order to stimulate them in this cruel work, it absolved them from all ecclesiastical pains and penalties, it released all who joined the crusade from any oaths they might have taken; it legalized their title to any property which they might have illegally acquired, and promised remission of all their sins to such as should kill any heretic. It annulled all contracts made in favor of the Vaudois, ordered their domestics to abandon them, forbade all persons to give them any aid whatever, and empowered all persons to take possession of their property 
3) The third example is from D'Aubigne's "History of the Reformation"
D'Aubigne: "One night the holy martyr saw, in imagination, from the depths of his dungeon, the pictures of Christ that he had painted on the walls of his oratory, effaced by the popes and his bishops."The vision distressed him; but on the next day he saw many painters occupied in restoring these figures in greater numbers and in brighter colors. As soon as their task was ended, the painters, who were surrounded by an immense crowd, exclaimed, 'Now let the popes and bishops come! They shall never efface them more!' . . . 'I am no dreamer,' replied Huss, 'but I maintain this for certain: That the image of Christ will never be effaced. They have wished to destroy it, but it shall be painted afresh in all hearts by much better preachers than myself'" 
Ellen White: In the gloom of his dungeon, John Huss had foreseen the triumph of the true faith. Returning, in his dreams, to the humble parish where he had preached the gospel, he saw the pope and his bishops effacing the pictures of Christ which he had painted on the walls of his chapel. The sight caused him great distress; but the next day he was filled with joy as he beheld many artists busily engaged in replacing the figures in greater numbers and brighter colors. When their work was completed, the painters exclaimed to the immense crowd surrounding them, "Now let the popes and bishops come! They shall never efface them more!” Said the Reformer, as he related his dream, "I am certain that the image of Christ will never be effaced. They have wished to destroy it, but it shall be painted in all hearts by much better preachers than myself.” 
4) The following examples are from Philosophy of Health : Natural Principles Of Health And Cure by L. B. (Larkin Baker) Coles, (Published 1851 )
LBC: They create a very large majority of their diseases by ignorance of their own organic laws - inform themselves on every subject but this - treat health as a matter of no account till destroyed - charge their sufferings to Providence, and DRUG THEMSELVES TO DEATH. 
Ellen White: The majority of diseases which the human family have been and still are suffering under, they have created by ignorance of their own organic laws. They seem indifferent in regard to the matter of health, and work perseveringly to tear themselves to pieces, and when broken down and debilitated in body and mind, send for the doctor and drug themselves to death.—The Health Reformer, October, 1866. 
LBC: When food is taken, it should be thoroughly masticated before it is suffered to pass into the stomach. ...the action of chewing causes the food to be mixed with the saliva, which is an important item in the preparation of it for the action of the stomach and its juice. The Digestive Process The Mastication Of Food. 
Ellen White: Food should be eaten slowly and should be thoroughly masticated. This is necessary in order that the saliva may be properly mixed with the food and the digestive fluids be called into action 
LBC: the nervous energies — electric forces — of the whole system are drawn into sympathy with the stomach, and made tributary to this part of the digestive process... But, if we allow ourselves to make much bodily or mental exertion during the hour mentioned, we distract this arrangement; because, when bodily exertion is made, the nervous energies are required and drawn in that direction...or, if the mind is made to labor, then the nervous energies are called in that direction. Hence, when body or mind is taxed considerably immediately after eating, the process of digestion is much disturbed and interrupted 
Ellen White: Neither study nor violent exercise should be engaged in immediately after a full meal; this would be a violation of the laws of the system. Immediately after eating there is a strong draught upon the nervous energy. The brain force is called into active exercise to assist the stomach; therefore, when mind or body is taxed heavily after eating, the process of digestion is hindered. The vitality of the system, which is needed to carry on the work in one direction, is called away and set to work in another. 
LBC: It is generally admitted, also, among intelligent people, that eating much flesh tends to diminish intellectual activity; and that consequently it is not well for those who devote themselves to study to indulge largely in the use of meat. Pg. 66. 
Ellen White: We are composed of what we eat, and eating much flesh will diminish intellectual activity. Students would accomplish much more in their studies if they never tasted meat. When the animal part of the human agent is strengthened by meat-eating, the intellectual powers diminish proportionately. 
LBC: When we feed on flesh, we not only eat the muscular fibres, but the juices or fluids of the animal; and these fluids pass into our own circulation — become our blood — our fluids and our flesh. However pure may be the flesh of the animals we eat, their fluids tend to engender in us a humorous state of the blood. But the meat that is given us in the markets is very far from being pure. The very process taken to fit the animals for market, tends to produce a diseased state of their fluids. 
Ellen White: The process of fitting animals for market produces in them disease; and fitted in as healthful manner as they can be, they become heated and diseased by driving before they reach the market. The fluids and flesh of these diseased animals are received directly into the blood, and pass into the circulation of the human body, becoming fluids and flesh of the same. Thus humors are introduced into the system. 
LBC: "Parents are also under obligation to teach and oblige their children to conform to physical law for their own sakes....how strange and unaccountable that mothers should love their children so tenderly as to indulge them in what they have occasion to know may injure their constitutions and impair their happiness for life. May many children be delivered from such mothers, and from such cruel kindness! The managers and teachers of schools ..." 
Ellen White: "I was shown that one great cause of the existing deplorable state of things is that parents do not feel under obligation to bring up their children to conform to physical law. Mothers love their children with an idolatrous love and indulge their appetite when they know that it will injure their health and thereby bring upon them disease and unhappiness ... they have sinned against heaven and against their children, and God will hold them accountable. The managers and teachers of schools ..." 
Continue On To Ellen White’s Visions
End Notes. Ellen White's Other Teachings
 Ellen G. White: Regarding Ministers' Families. Ms 34b, 1885.
 Ellen G. White: The Early Years: 1827-1862 (vol. 1), Page 152. Chapter 10—(1848-1849) Heaven-directed Travels and Important Visions
 The Ellen G. White Letters and Manuscripts: Volume 1, Page 411.
 Ellen G White. The Review and Herald. February 18, 1862.
 Ellen G. White. Lt 6, 1864.
 Ellen G. White. Visiting a Phrenologist. http://ellenwhite.org/content/file/ellen-g-white-visiting-phrenologist#document
 Ellen G. White. Lt 6, 1864. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWLetter&bookCode=Lt6-1864&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 Ellen G. White. Health, or, How to Live, Page 12.
 Ellen G. White. The Review and Herald. March 26, 1867. An Acknowledgement
 Ellen G. White: Lt 1a, 1876.
 Ellen G. White: Lt 15, 1876.
 Ellen G. White: Lt 17, 1876.
 Ellen G. White: Lt 21, 1876.
 Ellen G. White: Lt 15, 1882.
 Ellen G. White: Lt 101, 1886
 Ellen G. White in Europe 1885-1887, Page 119-120. Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, 211. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=EGWE&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=119
 Ellen G. White: The Review and Herald. An Appeal to Our Churches.
 Ellen G. White: Ms 40, 1891. Diary, January 1891
 Ellen G. White. Ms 63, 1901.
 Ellen G. White. Ms 133, 1899. The Importance of the Law of God.
 Ellen G. White: The Australian Years: 1891-1900. Farewell service.
 Ellen G. White: The Australian Years: 1891-1900. Farewell service.
 Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 18-19.
 Ellen G. White. Ms 133, 1899. The Importance of the Law of God. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWManuscript&bookCode=Ms133-1899&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 28. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=6BIO&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=28
 Ellen G. White. Ms 132, 1897. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWManuscript&bookCode=Ms132-1897&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 Ellen G. White. Ms 1, 1877
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, Page 366-367.
 Ellen G. White: The Australian Years: 1891-1900 (vol. 4), Page 196.
 Ellen G. White. Where Are We Drifting?. Selected Messages Book 3, Page 246.
 Ellen G. White. Lt 32a, 1891
[31b] Ellen G. White. Lt. 201, 1902
[31c] Ellen G. White. Ms 51, 1893.
 28 Fundamental Beliefs https://www.adventist.org/fileadmin/adventist.org/files/articles/official-statements/28Beliefs-Web.pdf
 Ellen G. White The Review and Herald. June 9, 1885.
 Ellen G. White. Lt 23b, 1894.
 Ellen G White. Ms 72, 1896.
 Ellen G White. Lt 109, 1898.
 Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 37.
 Ellen G. White. Dangers in Amusements.
 Ellen G. White. Ms 32, 1900.
 Ellen G. White. Testimony for the Physicians and Helpers of the Sanitarium, Page 69.
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, Page 652
 Ellen G. White. Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, Page 346. How to Spend Holidays. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=CT&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=346
 Ellen G. White. Testimony for the Physicians and Helpers of the Sanitarium, Page 69. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=PH100&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=69
 Ellen G. White. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=4T&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=652
 Ellen G. White. The Review and Herald February 28, 1882. Should Christians Dance? http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Periodical&bookCode=RH&lang=en&QUERY=Jesus&resultId=37198&year=1882&month=February&day=28
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, Page 66. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=8T&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=66
 Ellen G. White. Testimony for the Physicians and Helpers of the Sanitarium, Page 69. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=PH100&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=69
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, Page 516. Chapter 59—Suitable Reading for Children. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=5T&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=516
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, Page 519. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=5T&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=519
 Counsels to Writers and Editors, Page 172-173. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=CW&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=172
 Ellen G. White. Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, Page 327-v328 http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=CT&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=327
 Ellen G. White. Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4b, Page 62. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=4bSG&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=62
 Ellen G. White. Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, Page 346-347 http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=CT&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=346
 Ellen G. White. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWLetter&bookCode=Lt120-1906&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 Ellen G. White. Ms 61, 1906. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWManuscript&bookCode=Ms61-1906&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 The Review and Herald. November 10, 1896 http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Periodical&bookCode=RH&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&year=1896
 Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 395. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=5BIO&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=395
 The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, Page 1739. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=1888&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1739
 Ellen G. White. Letter 174. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=5MR&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=407
 Ellen G. White. Lt 255, 1904. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWLetter&bookCode=Lt255-1904&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 Ellen G. White. Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, Page 214. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=HS&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=214
 Ellen G. White. Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, Page 78.
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, Page 19.
 Ellen G. White. Lt 1, 1873.
 Ellen G. White. Lt 65, 1874 http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=EGWLetter&bookCode=Lt65-1874&lang=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=1
 Ellen G. White. Lt 13, 1869.
 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, Page 330-335
 Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, Page 314..
 Adventist Heritage. Summer 1977. The Triumph and Tragedy of Nathan Fuller.
 Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 287.
 Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 249.
 Appeal to the Battle Creek Church.
 Ellen G. White. Address to Ministers. May 30, 1871.
[74b] Ellen G. White. Ms 28, 1885. Labors in Switzerland.
 Did Ellen G. White Copied Word for Word the Entire Book of "Sketches from the Life of Paul."?
 The Life of Ellen White by D.M. Canright.. Chapter 10 - A Great Plagiarist http://www.nonsda.org/egw/canright/can10.htm
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 Ellen G. White. "Sketches from the Life of Paul" 1883.
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 Ellen G. White. "Sketches from the Life of Paul" By Mrs. E.G. White, 1883.
 Rev. J.A. Wylie. History of the Waldenses". https://www.whitehorsemedia.com/docs/THE_HISTORY_OF_THE_WALDENSES.pdf
 Ellen G. White. The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, Page 83.
 J. H. Merle D’Aubigne. History Of The Reformation Of The Sixteenth Century.
 Ellen G. White. The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, Page 91.
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 Ellen G. White. The Health Reformer. October 1, 1866.
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 Ellen G. White. The Ministry of Healing, Page 305.
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 Ellen G. White. Healthful Living, Page 131. http://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=HL&lang=en&pagenumber=131¶graphReferences=1&m=1
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 Ellen G. White. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, p. 141, 1872.