The first minister in the field to respond to James Whites statement in the Review in February 1860 was R. F. Cottrell. His immediate reaction was decidedly negative.
Cottrell was experienced and influential; his message, published in James White's absence, set the pace for a long-drawn-out battle.
After a few months came the call for a general conference at Battle Creek. The business meetings ended with the adoption of the following:
We recommend to the conference the organization of a publishing association that may legally hold the Review office (RH, Oct. 16, 1860).