With others sharing the responsibilities of the publishing work in Battle Creek, James and Ellen were more free to travel into the field and visit the churches.

But while there was unanimity at the conference in Battle Creek, this was not true in the field generally.

With repairs being made on their home, with the laying of plans for the new publishing house, with planning for a trip east to secure moral support for organization and for funds badly needed by the publishing association, James White, as reported by Ellen to Mary Loughborough, was "too busy to know whether he is sick or well" (letter 6, 1861). He was yet to discover the extent of the negative feelings in the field, particularly in New York State and Ohio.

Date start: 1861-01-01 00:00:00
Date end: 1861-12-31 00:00:00