Tour to the Eastern States

23 October 1867 - 29 December 1867

Highly pleased with James's improvement, on Wednesday, October 23, 1867 Ellen and James set jubilantly off for a three-month tour of the Eastern states, visiting the members in New England. Sabbath and Sunday they were at Roosevelt, New York, where J.N. Andrews joined them.

Their next appointments were in Maine. On Friday, November 1, the delegates set about to organize the Maine Conference. Through November and till mid-December James and Ellen White were in Maine, visiting the churches and, when possible, relatives and friends of former days.

The Whites and Andrews filled appointments in Topsham, Maine; in Washington, New Hampshire; and in Vermont. Many places could be reached only by sleigh or carriage.

In Washington, New Hampshire, a meeting was held in the William Farnsworth home. William Farnsworth had slipped back to the use of tobacco, but deceived his brethren into thinking that he had discarted it. Ellen White exposed him in front of the group. When she had finished with her messages to different ones in the room and there was an opportunity for a response, one after another stood and acknowledged the truthfulness of her message, and with repentance and confession yielded themselves anew to God. Then the parents made confession to their children. This touched the hearts of the young people who had been watching and listening, and whose hearts were being moved by the messages and invitations not only of Ellen but of James White and Andrews.

After those five eventful days at Washington, 18 children and young people expressed their determination to be Christians. Some of them wanted to be baptized without delay, so a hole was sawed in the ice on nearby Millan Pond, and with joy they went forward with this rite.

On December 26, James and Ellen White and John Andrews hastened on to northern Vermont, where a conference was to begin in West Enosburg Friday evening in the church. After the meetings quite a few were baptized just before the setting of the sun, when the thermometer stoot at 20 degrees below zero [-29° C].

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