But James and Ellen White felt they must press on, so after a few days of relaxation in the comfortable Howland home, they left for Massachusetts. Adelia described their departure:
The children accompanied their parents to the depot, and before the family parted, Henry, Edson, and Willie, by request, sang "The Evergreen Shore," much to the gratification of the crowd waiting for another train. The whistle was heard, the "good-by" and "farewell" were said, and away sped the train, bearing the parents on their mission of love, and leaving the children again without their watchcare (AY, pp. 22, 23).