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"I Held Her Thus with My Hand About Ten Minutes,
Long Enough for Her to Suffocate"
C. S. Glover
Here is given another statement concerning the same vision:
"I was present when Sister White had the above-named vision in
Waldron's Hall, Hillsdale.
In addition to the above statement, I heard the doctor say that
Sister White's condition in vision was 'beyond his knowledge'.
He also said, 'There is something supernatural about that.' "
Signed, "C.S. Glover, Battle Creek, Mich., Jan. 19, 1891."
Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter
Here is a third statement on the same case:
"This is to certify that we were present in Waldron's Hall, Hillsdale,
Mich., in February, 1857, when Mrs. E. G. White had a vision,
and while in that condition was examined by Dr. Lord, and we
heard his public statement respecting the case, as given above
by Brother and Sister Fowler." Signed, "W. R. Carpenter, Eliza
Carpenter, Noblesville, Ind., Aug. 30, 1891."
D. T. Bourdeau
|Daniel Bourdeau—White Estate|
Your attention is next called to a test applied while Mrs. White
was in vision at Buck's Bridge, St. Lawrence County, N.Y.:
"June 28, 1857, I saw Sister Ellen G. White in vision for the
first time. I was an unbeliever in the visions; but one circumstance
among others that I might mention convinced me that her visions
were of God. To satisfy my mind as to whether she breathed or
not, I first put my hand on her chest sufficiently long to know
that there was no more heaving of the lungs than there would
have been had she been a corpse. I then took my hand and placed
it over her mouth, pinching her nostrils between my thumb and
forefinger, so that it was impossible for her to exhale or inhale
air, even if she had desired to do so. I held her thus with
my hand about ten minutes, long enough for her to suffocate under
ordinary circumstances; she was not in the least affected by
this ordeal. Since witnessing this wonderful phenomenon, I have
not once been inclined to doubt the divine origin of her visions."
Signed. "D. T. Bourdeau, Battle Creek, Mich., Feb. 4, 1891."
— The Great Second Advent Movement, by J. N. Loughborough, pp.
James White Statement — 1868
After the description of Mrs. White's experience in vision, given
on page 6, Elder White continues:
"She has been taken off in vision most frequently when bowed
in prayer. Several times, while earnestly addressing the congregation,
unexpectedly to herself and to all around her, she has been instantly
prostrated in vision. This was the case June 12, 1868, in the
presence of not less than two hundred Sabbath-keepers, in the
house of worship, in Battle Creek, Mich. On receiving baptism
at my hands, at an early period of her experience, as I raised
her up out of the water, immediately she was in vision. Several
times, when prostrated by sickness, she has been relieved in
answer to the prayer of faith, and taken off in vision. At such
times her restoration to usual health has been wonderful. At
another time, when walking with friends, in conversation upon
the glories of the kingdom of God, as she was passing through
the gate before her father's house, the Spirit of God came upon
her, and she was instantly taken off in vision. And what may
be important to those who think the visions the result of mesmerism,
she has a number of times been taken off in vision, when in prayer
alone in the grove or in the closet.
"It may be well to speak as to the effect of the visions upon
her constitution and strength. When she had her first vision,
she was an emaciated invalid, given up by her friends and physicians
to die of consumption. She then weighed but eighty pounds.
Her nervous condition was such that she could not write, and
was dependent on one sitting near her at the table to even pour
her drink from the cup to the saucer. And notwithstanding her
anxieties and mental agonies, in consequence of her duty to bring
her views before the public, her labors in public speaking, and
in church matters generally, her wearisome travels, and home
labors and cares, her health and physical and mental strength
have improved from the day she had her first vision." — James
White, Life Incidents, in Connection With the Great Advent Movement,