Though the Whites were fond of California, they did not intend that Oakland should be their permanent residence, for they must keep close to Battle Creek and the church's many interests there.
James White had in mind to return to the East soon. Important developments at headquarters summoned him as president of the General Conference to be present. So he left Oakland for Battle Creek on March 22, 1876 and Ellen remained in their Oakland home. She was looking forward to making great strides in writing on the life of Christ.