Life Sketches of Ellen G. White


From Battle Creek to the East

Before the close of the 1903 General Conference, the delegates voted: LS 389.2

“That the General Conference offices be removed from Battle Creek, Mich., to some place favorable for its work in the Atlantic States.” The General Conference Bulletin, 1903. LS 389.3

Soon after the close of the Conference session, the General Conference Committee took the following action: LS 389.4

Voted, That we favor locating the headquarters of the General Conference in the vicinity of New York City.” The Review and Herald, May 12, 1903, p. 16. LS 389.5

And in the forty-third annual meeting of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, held April 21, 1903, recommendations were adopted looking toward the transfer of the work of the Association to some point in the Eastern States. LS 389.6

In the discussion of these recommendations, the object set forth during the General Conference session—placing the institution where it could best share the burden of giving the third angel's message world-wide publicity—was reiterated. As one of the members of the Committee on Resolutions declared, in support of the recommendations offered: LS 389.7

“Why do we talk about moving this institution? Is it not to place ourselves where we can do the work entrusted to us to better advantage? Is it not to place ourselves where ... we can hasten on to the whole wide world with our message, and bring the glorious consummation of our work?” Supplement to The Review and Herald, April 28, 1903, p. 7. LS 390.1