Ellen G. White and Her Critics


What We Shall Seek to Prove

By the presentation of the documented historical record we shall seek to show that: EGWC 137.4

1. The fashions of the day loudly cried for reform. EGWC 137.5

2. A variety of reform dresses were being advocated at this time, some sensible, some not, and that the critic has failed to distinguish between these. EGWC 137.6

3. Mrs. White advocated a dress that was hygienic, practical, and modest. EGWC 137.7

4. The critic is mistaken in his chronology and in his interpretation of her words when he charges her first with condemning and then adopting the American costume worn by Miss Austin. EGWC 137.8

5. Mrs. White claimed, not to have received a revelation as to the details of a dress pattern, but only as to the basic principles of dress reform, and that therefore the critic’s remarks about inches in length is irrelevant. EGWC 137.9

6. The evidence will not support the charge that she made a “nice” profit from the sale of patterns. EGWC 137.10

7. She declared that dress reform was only a “minor” matter. EGWC 137.11

8. The way many related themselves to the reform dress tended to offset the blessing it should have brought, and called for the abandonment of it. EGWC 138.1

9. By this time changing fashions had removed the more objectionable features that the reform dress was intended to correct. EGWC 138.2

10. Mrs. White concluded the whole matter by re-stating the basic objectives in reform dress and left the application of them to the sisters in the church. EGWC 138.3