The Eight-Page Present Truth
At a conference in the home of Otis Nichols in Dorchester, Massachusetts, November 18, 1848, Ellen White was given a vision in which God made it clear that the time had come to publish. Coming out of the vision, she turned to her husband and said: "I have a message for you. You must begin to print a little paper and send it out to the people. Let it be small at first; but as the people read, they will send you means with which to print, and it will be a success from the first. From this small beginning it was shown to me to be like streams of light that went clear round the world (3LS, p.125)."
But James was penniless. He had no steady income. Then Albert Belden in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, urged them to come and live with his family.
In harmony with the vision, James White took up his pen. Ellen was close by his side. When the sheets were finally printed, they all bowed aound the 1,000 copies, asking the Lord, with humble hearts and many tears, to let His blessing rest upon the feeble effort of His servant.
Together they folded the papers and prepared them for mailing. James declared that the little sheet was free to all, then added, "Those who are interested in Present Truth, and esteem it a privilege, are invited to help pay the expense."
The precise date when the Present Truth was brought home, prayed over, folded, addressed, and mailed is not recorded, but it was late July 1849.