Mental Labor and Privation

October 1850 - December 1851

Very early in his many years of publishing James White demonstrated a selfless generosity and commitment that was not always realistic.

James and Ellen White faced difficult times in Paris. She wrote of it:

We suffered many privations. . . . We were willing to live cheaply that the paper might be sustained. My husband was a dyspeptic. We could not eat meat or butter, and were obliged to abstain from all greasy food. Take these from a poor farmer's table and it leaves a very spare diet. Our labors were so great that we needed nourishing food.
We had much care, and often sat up as late as midnight, and sometimes until two or three in the morning, to read proof-sheets. We could have better borne these extra exertions could we have had the sympathy of our brethren in Paris, and had they appreciated our labors and the efforts we were making to advance the cause of truth. Mental labor and privation reduced the strength of my husband very fast (1LS, p. 278).

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