According to ___________:
"I say this kindly, but the fact is you haven't researched the subject of EGW's plagiarism sufficiently. The reason she withdrew "Sketches From the Life Of Paul" from publication is precisely because Conneybeare threatened a lawsuit because of her plagiarism. And, if you'll look at publisher's (R&H) note inside the present edition, they say as much. You might also want to look at the 1919 Bible Conference minutes where the General Conference President of tat time, Arthur Daniels, categorically declares this is the reason her book was withdrawn from publication."
Where do I find the evidence regarding this at your site?
Dear Brother ___________,
This question received good coverage 50 years ago in Francis D. Nichol's book Ellen G. White and Her Critics. The book is available in full on our website, www.WhiteEstate.org. Click on "Online Books" on the menu at the left of the home page, and scroll down to the books by other authors. You will find the link there. See chapters 28 and 29. In the end of chapter 29 you will even find a letter from the publisher saying that they would have had no grounds for a lawsuit and didn't think they had ever threatened one or raised any objection. Nichol also suggests how the story may have started. He did not know about the 1919 Bible Conference remarks by Daniells, for the minutes of that meeting had not been discovered when he wrote. But Daniells's remarks add no specific evidence to refute the view of the publisher. Daniells had probably picked up the rumor and assumed it was true. By 1919, nearly 40 years after the events, there may not have been someone there who could attest to the facts.
As for Sydney Cleveland's comment to the effect that the publishers today acknowledge the lawsuit as the reason for letting the book go out of print, he has misread their statement. The "Preface to Facsimile Edition" to which Cleveland refers is not on the CD-ROM, so I don't have an electronic copy to include here. You may want to purchase the book or perhaps just read the couple of pages in question at a library or an ABC. It refers to the book's having "dropped out of print" after two printings. "The reason for its demise is easy to understand in view of the historical context." Cleveland evidently takes that to mean the lawsuit. But the rest of the preface sets forth the historical context, and it has nothing to do with a lawsuit. It is hard to understand how Cleveland could have missed this. He is mistaken, if not disingenuous, when he claims that in the current edition the publishers admit that the book was withdrawn because of the threat of a lawsuit.
I hope this helps. Thanks for checking. God bless!
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 269 471-3209
FAX: 269 471-2646
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu