Fannie Bolton's Experience With Ellen White--The writings given you, you have handled as an indifferent matter, and have often spoken of them in a manner to depreciate them in the estimation of others. . . .
I mean now for your own good that you shall never have
another opportunity of being tempted to do as you have done in the past.
From the light given me of the Lord, you are not appreciating the opportunities
which you have had abundantly, to be instructed and to bring the solid
timbers into your character building. The work in which you have been engaged
has been regarded as a sort of drudgery, and it is hard for you to take
hold of it with the right spirit, and to weave your prayers into your work,
feeling that it is a matter of importance to preserve a spirit wholly in
harmony with the Spirit of God. Because of this lack, you are not a safe
and acceptable worker. . . .
Every time I can distinguish a word of yours, my pen
crosses it out. I have so often told you that your words and ideas must
not take the place of the words and ideas given me of God. . . .
You have come to think that you were the one to whom
credit should be given for the value of the matter that comes from your
hands. I have had warnings concerning this, but could not see how I should
come to the very point to say, "Go, Fannie," for then you plead, "Where
shall I go?" and I try you again. . . .
Just before coming to this country, in order to help
Fannie, [IN THIS PORTION OF THE LETTER ELLEN WHITE ADDRESSES FANNIE BOLTON
IN THE THIRD PERSON.] I consented to make another trial after she had given
me the assurance . . . that her feelings in regard to the work had wholly
changed. I followed my best judgment, hoping that she had gained wisdom
from God and would really love the work.
I knew that she was naturally unbalanced in mind, but
thought that through the light given of God, the appeals constantly made
presenting definite reproofs to some and general reproofs to others, she
would learn the lessons that it was her privilege to learn, and become
strengthened in character. Thus she would obtain wisdom to prepare the
precious matter placed in her hands, so that it might work for the saving
of her soul as well as the souls of others.--Letter 7, 1894, pp. 1-4, 16.
(To Fannie Bolton, February 6, 1894.)
Ellen G. White Writes Concerning
Fannie Bolton's Experience--In Battle Creek, Fannie pleaded hard
and with tears to come with me to engage with me in the work of preparing
articles for papers. She declared she had met with a great change, and
was not at all the person she was when she told me she desired to write
herself. . . .
I want not her life, or words, or ideas in these articles.
And the sooner this bubble is burst, the better for all concerned. . .
. I have now no knowledge of how we shall come out, and what I shall do.
I am afraid that Fannie cannot be trusted. . . .
If she has done the work as she has represented to
other minds she has done, so that she thinks credit should be given her
for her talent brought into my writings, then it is time that this firm
If she has done this work, which she has represented
to others has been so much her talent, her production of ideas and construction
of sentences as mine, and in "beautiful language," then she has done a
work I have urged again and again should not be done, and she is unworthy
of any connection with the work.--Letter 88, 1894. (To W.C. White, February
Fannie Bolton Felt E. G. White
Was Getting Credit for Her Work--Well, I felt like a wounded, stricken
deer, ready to die. I had been warned of this before, twice in Preston
and three times in New Zealand. A similar warning was given me as in the
case of Mary Clough, but this did not fully arouse me to the danger, and
to the real situation. I will not take time to explain these warnings.
Not long before I left New Zealand, while in camp meeting,
it was represented to me. We gathered in a room of quite a company, and
Fannie was saying some things in regard to the great amount of work coming
from her hands. She said, "I cannot work in this way. I am putting my mind
and life into this work, and yet the ones who make it what it is, are sunk
out of sight, and Sister White gets the credit for the work.". . .
A voice spoke to me, "Beware and not place your dependence
upon Fannie, to prepare articles or to make books. She cuts out words that
should appear, and places her own ideas and words in their stead, and because
she had done this she has become deceived, deluded, and is deceiving and
deluding others. She is your adversary."--Letter 59, 1894. (To O. A. Olsen,
February 5, 1894.)
False Claims Concerning Beautifying
E. G. White's Writings --Fannie represented that she and Marian
had brought all the talent and sharpness into my books, yet you were both
ignored and set aside, and all the credit came to me. She had underscored
some words in a book, Christian Education, "beautiful words," she called
them, and said that she had put in those words, they were hers. If this
were the truth, I ask, Who told her to put in her words in my writings.
She has, if her own statement is correct, been unfaithful to me.
Sister Prescott, however, says that in the providence
of God that very article came to them [Brother and Sister Prescott] uncopied
and in my own handwriting, and these very words were in that letter. So
Fannie's statement regarding these words is proved to be untrue. . . .
If after this meeting Fannie shall come to Granville,
you must not put one line of anything I have written into her hands, or
read a line to her of the Life of Christ. I would not have any [advice]
from her. I am disconnected from Fannie because God required it, and my
own heart requires it. I am sorry for Fannie.--Letter 102, 1895. (To Marian
Davis, October 29, 1895.)
EGW Regretted Not Heeding Warning
That Fannie Bolton Was Her Adversary--I am now relieved from this
fitful, skyrocket experience. She seems to swell up into such large measurements
of herself, full of self-sufficiency, full of her own capabilities, and
from the light God has been pleased to give me she is my adversary, and
has been thus throughout her connection with me. . . .
Two years ago He revealed to me that Fannie was my
adversary, and would vex my soul and weaken my hands, but I was so anxious
to get out things that I thought the people
needed. Then came other trials in N.S.W., one after another, that I was
not able to bear it.
Oh, if I had only heeded the instruction given of God
and let no other voice or influence come in to leave me in uncertainty,
I might have been saved this last terrible heartsickening trial. But I
hope the Lord will forgive me and have mercy upon me, but to try this matter
again is out of the question. I am willing her talent shall be exercised
for all it is worth, but it will never be in connection with me. I have
served my time with Fannie Bolton.--Letter 22a, 1895. (To Marian Davis,
November 29, 1895.)
Fifth Time Fannie Bolton Made
False Claims--Fannie Bolton is disconnected with me entirely. I
would not think of employing her any longer. She has misrepresented me
and hurt me terribly. Only in connection with my work has she hurt me.
She has reported to others that she has the same as
made over my articles, that she has put her whole soul into them, and I
had the credit of the ability she had given to these writings. Well, this
is the fifth time this breaking out has come.
It is something similar to the outbreak of Korah, Dathan,
and Abiram, only she has not those to unite with her because they know
me and my work. She goes not only to those who believe and know me to tell
her story, but she goes to those newly come to the faith and tells her
imaginative story. The same sentiment is expressed as in Numbers
16:3. . . .
I could not possibly relate the suffering of mind while
attending the camp meeting at Melbourne.--Letter 123a, 1895. (To J. E.
White, Dec. 9, 1895.)
Sacred Things Regarded as Common--I
have tried to have her receive and appropriate the precious truths that
were spread before her as a rich banquet, but while she handled these truths,
she did not feast upon them. She regarded it all as a common thing.
The warnings, the appeals, the precious light given,
the jewels of truth were apparently of no value to Fannie. She was feeling
so rich in her supposed treasure of talent, that she wanted nothing. Sacred
things were of no more value to her than the common fire, and she worked
and walked in its light.--Letter 104, 1895. (To Addie and May Walling,
Dec. 11, 1895.)
EGW Instructed to Re-employ Fannie
Bolton--Friday, March 19, I arose early, about half-past three o'clock
in the morning. While writing upon the fifteenth chapter of John, suddenly
a wonderful peace came upon me. The whole room seemed to be filled with
the atmosphere of heaven. A holy, sacred presence seemed to be in my room.
I laid down my pen and was in a waiting attitude to see what the Spirit
would say unto me. I saw no person. I heard no audible voice, but a heavenly
Watcher seemed close beside me. I felt that I was in the presence of Jesus.
The sweet peace and light which seemed to be in my
room it is impossible for me to explain or describe. A sacred, holy atmosphere
surrounded me, and there was presented to my mind and understanding matters
of intense interest and importance. A line of action was laid out before
me as if the unseen presence were speaking with me. The matter I had been
writing upon seemed to be lost to my mind and another matter distinctly
opened before me. A great awe seemed to be upon me as matters were imprinted
upon my mind.
The question was, "What have you done with the request
of Fannie Bolton? You have not erred in disconnecting with her. This was
the right thing for you to do, and this would bring to her mind conviction
and remorse which she must have. She has been tempted, deceived, and almost
destroyed. Notwithstanding her perversity of spirit, I have thoughts of
mercy and compassion for her. . . .
"Take this poor deluded soul by the hand, surround
her with a favorable influence, if possible. If she separates now from
you, Satan's net is prepared for her feet. She is not in a condition to
be left to herself. She feels regret and remorse. I am her Redeemer. I
will restore her if she will not exalt and honor and glorify herself. If
she goes from you now, there is a chain of circumstances which will bring
her into difficulties which will be for her ruin. . . .
"You are not to wait for evidence of transformation
of character. The Holy Spirit alone can do this work, and mold and fashion
this child's experience after the divine similitude. She has not power,
if left to herself, to control a temperament that is always a snare to
her, unless she keeps in the love of God, unless she humbles herself under
the hand of God, and learns daily the meekness and lowliness of Christ."
. . . .
I . . . shall work accordingly. I have taken Fannie
to my home here at Sunnyside, Avondale, Cooranbong. I shall do all I can
to help her heavenward. -- Ms 12c, 1896. (Concerning Fannie Bolton, March
Fannie Bolton's Perversion of
Facts Regarding Her Work on EGW's Writings--The work which you have
done here in Australia has yielded a harvest which is widespread. You denied
having said to Sr. Malcolm that which they told me, and insisted upon,
you had said. You afterward visited Sister Malcolm,
and denied having said that Sister White was a very ignorant woman, who
could not write, and whose writings you had to make all over, and that
it was your talent in connection with the work that made the articles in
the papers and books what they were. My only course has been to dismiss
you from my employment several times. . . .
Then after the Brighton Camp Meeting we had that long,
disheartening revelation made to us that you thought that Marian and yourself
should be recognized as the ones who were putting talent into my works.
I had a talk with Sisters Colcord and Salisbury, when I related to them
the trouble I had experienced with your perversion of facts in regard to
your work on my writings. These sisters told me that you had told them
the same story. You also told it to Sister Miller. The same words which
Sister Malcolm told me you had said to her, you repeated to Sister Colcord.
. . .
Now these words were positively untrue, and as the
result of your report, Sister Miller has repeated them to the Andersons.
You have also, I learn, repeated the same to others. You claimed that it
was your superior talent that made the articles what they were. I know
this to be a falsehood; for I know my own writings. You yourself have adopted
much of them, and interwoven them with your own articles [submitted for
publication in Youth's Instructor] which I recognize.
I have met this again in the work you have done in
your misrepresentations to Brother McCullagh. . . .
The work in Adelaide was left for Brethren McCullagh
and Hawkins to finish, and I think it was a finish. Brother McCullagh has
given up the truth largely, and taken Brother Hawkins with him. The whole
church had gone with them, but had not fully taken sides when these brethren
sent in their resignation, saying that they
did not believe in Mrs. White's visions or mission. . . .
Brother McCullagh has reported your words of information
given him from house to house, saying that I have very little to do in
getting out the books purported to come from my pen, that I had picked
out all I had written from other books, and that those who prepared my
articles, yourself in particular, made that matter that was published.
This is the way you became my adversary.
When Brethren Colcord and Daniells visited from house
to house, they met these very same statements. . . .
Now, this is the state of things. You can see by this
what a harvest your leaven of falsehood and misrepresentation have produced.
You opened your mind to Brother and Sister McCullagh, which has changed
their feeling toward me. The leaven worked until it carried with it one
whole church. But thank God they are recovered. And now my way is clear
to make statements just as they have been coming from you, and I will cut
off the influence of your tongue in every way that I can.
I will say that much of the time that you were in Australia,
you surely did not know what manner of spirit you were of. Satanic agencies
have been working through Fannie Bolton.--Letter 25, 1897. (To Fannie Bolton,
April 11, 1897.)
EGW Responds to Fannie Bolton's
Charges--Your words regarding me and my writings are false, and
I must say that you know them to be false. Nevertheless, those unacquainted
with you take your words as being the words of one who knows. Because you
have been acquainted with me, and connected with me, you can state what
you please, and you think that your tracks are so covered
that they will never be discovered. But my writings have not stopped. They
go out as I have written them. No words of my copyists are put in the place
of my own words. This is a testimony that cannot be controverted. My articles
speak for themselves.
When I heard that A had apostatized, I said, "I am
glad that all my connection with him has been of the tenderest character."
I thought that there was nothing they could have to say against me. But
both he and his wife bore the same report that Sister B bore to me. A stated
in a large congregation that it was reported by one who knew that I picked
up things written in books, and sent them out as something the Lord had
shown me. At the Bible Institute in Cooranbong, A told me that you had
made a statement to him and his wife similar to the statement made to Sr.
B. Your sowing is producing its harvest. Many in Melbourne have been repeating
the same things, things which you have told them, and which they thought
must be true.--Letter 24, 1897, p. 4. (To Fannie Bolton, June 25, 1897.)
Fannie Bolton's Vacillations
Between False Accusations and Contrite Confessions--I regard Fannie
as one who cannot retain a spirit of contrition for any length of time.
She is so inflated with Fannie Bolton that she does not know herself a
few moments after she has expressed deep humiliation because of her own
course of action. She springs into life speedily, and blossoms out wonderfully,
dwelling on the goodness, love, mercy, and forgiveness of God toward her,
taking all the promises to herself.
In the past she has expressed wonderful sorrow for
her wicked course of action, but she does not stay penitent. She does not
continue to be contrite in heart. She flashes forth, thinking she is inspired
by God. While she was praying the Lord that if it was right for her to
marry Caldwell, his wife might get a divorce
from her husband, she told me that as she talked and gave Bible readings,
the people turned pale to hear her talk, and she thought she was inspired
by God. Her imagination is very strong, and she makes such exaggerated
statements that her word is not trustworthy. . . .
When she was in my family, it seemed that Satan used
her as his agent to invent those things that would make the whole household
miserable. She would have her times of confession, and would then say all
that one could ask another to say. But she would go over the same ground
again and again, each time worse than before, until I decided that Satan's
temptations, working upon her desire for recognition, were so strong that
she had no power to escape from the snare. She was one with the enemy,
working in his service.
Now, my brother, if it had not been for these articles
in the Review, I would have held my peace. I thought that if Fannie would
only keep away from me, and trouble me no more, I would not expose her,
but would let the poor, deluded, misshapen character alone. But when she
figures so largely in our papers, I must speak. I dare not keep silent.
Such productions do no one any good, and the blessing of the Lord cannot
attend them.--Letter 115, 1897, pp. 1, 2. (To G. C. Tenney, July 5, 1897.)
Reason EGW Was Instructed to
Re-employ Fannie Bolton--I now see why I was directed to give Fannie
another trial. There were those who misunderstood me because of Fannie's
misrepresentations. These were watching to see what course I would take
in regard to her. They would have represented that I had abused poor Fannie
Bolton. In following the directions to take her back, I took away all occasion
for criticism from those who were ready to condemn me.--Letter 61, 1900.
(To G. A. Irwin , April 23, 1900.)
Fannie Bolton's Claims Totally
Untrue--I have read what you say in regard to Fannie Bolton. There
is no truth in the statement that I told Fannie to write a letter or testimony
to A. R. Henry. My testimonies to the churches, and to individuals have
never been written in that way. . . .
All through her experience, Fannie's light has been
too much like that of a meteor. It flashes up, and then goes out in darkness.
Her feelings are counted as her religion. What a pity that she has so much
confidence in her brilliant flashes. Her mind is so full of an emotional
religion that she knows not what the genuine article is. . . .
I tell you that there is not a semblance of truth in
her statements. My copyists you have seen. They do not change my language.
It stands as I write it. . . .
As I have stated, Fannie has been strictly
to change my words for her words. As spoken by the heavenly agencies, the
words are severe in their simplicity; and I try to put the thoughts into
such simple language that a child can understand every word uttered. The
words of someone else would not rightly represent me.
I have written thus fully in order that you may understand
the matter. Fannie Bolton may claim that she has made my books, but she
has not done so. . . .
Wherein do my articles in the papers now differ from
what they were when Fannie was with me? Who is it that now puts in words
to supply the deficiencies of my language, my deplorable ignorance? How
was this done before Fannie Bolton had anything to do with my writing?
Cannot people who have reason see this? If Fannie supplied my great deficiency,
how is it that I can now send articles to the
papers?--Letter 61a, 1900. (To G. A. Irwin, April 23, 1900.)