A special conference to consider this urgent need was called for Friday, April 10, 1857, in Battle Creek. Joseph Bates was chosen to preside. First attention was given to the matter of a power press.
Two resolutions were passed: (1) "That such a press be obtained for the Review office," and (2) "That all business pertaining to the purchasing [of] the press, et cetera, be confided to the hands of the publishing committee" (RH, Apr. 16, 1857).
It was thought that such a press could be secured for less than $2,500. James White made the purchase in Boston on their next trip to the East.