J. N. Andrews, who had done considerable work in Maine, described theexperience of those who had not been acquainted with Ellen White and her special gift. He stated that "even those who have felt the greatest opposition to the reproofs they received have, with scarcely an exception, on calm and serious reflection, acknowledged that they were justly reproved," and accepted her messages to them. Andrews observed thoughtfully:
I have had great opportunity to judge of the truthfulness of these testimonies by witnessing their faithful and exact delineations of character in a very large number of cases, presenting very widely dissimilar features. I have every reason to know that these things were almost entirely unknown to Sister White, and in some cases absolutely unknown, only as given her by the Spirit of God. Yet a most perfect and exact representation of the faults, as well as the virtues, of many persons has thus been given, so that even those who know them best have said they could not so well have described them (ibid., Dec. 24, 1867).
It was this type of evidence that convinced many of the integrity of the visions given to Ellen White.