White then referred to the conference in Roosevelt. After a two-hour discussion on organization at which objections were removed, he called for a standing vote favoring organization. Pioneer worker Frederick Wheeler kept his seat. James White was devastated. He wrote, "A dreadful feeling of discouragement came over us that we have not been able to shake off," and he asked, "What can we expect of the people when the ministers stand thus?"

As James White bemoaned the situation, he observed that "instead of our being a united people, growing stronger, we are in many places but little better than broken fragments, still scattering and growing weaker" (RH, Aug. 27, 1861).