Fannie had been invited to join Ellen White's staff in 1887. The daughter of a Methodist minister, Fannie was brought into the SDA Church in Chicago through evangelistic efforts of G.B.Starr..Starr and others gave her a hearty recommendation for work on Ellen White's staff...
Writes D.E. Robinson:
"She was told that Mrs. White, ...was often led to repeat portions of the matter and also that grammatical construction of sentences were sometimes faulty, for in her haste in writing, she often paid little attention to spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. She expected these imperfections to be carefully corrected by the copyist.
"It was made emphatic that only Mrs. White's thoughts were to be used, and also her own words as far as grammatically consistent in expressing those thoughts. In no case was the copyist given the privilege of introducing thoughts not found in Mrs. White's manuscripts."Yet Miss Bolton had a problem. She thought that she was not being given proper credit for what she was doing. Again and again feelings of discontent and dissatisfaction swept over her that unfitted her for her assigned task.
She felt she was full of talent and "she desired to write herself, and could not consent that her talent should be buried up in the work of preparing" EGW articles. (Letter 88,1894) She was released from her work.
However, learning that Ellen White was to go to Australia, Fannie Bolton contacted her former employer, who reported:"In Battle Creek, Fannie pleaded hard with tears to come with me to engage with me in the work of preparing articles for the 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. (Letter 88, 1894) Rather reluctantly EGW agreed. Writing of the experience later EGW wrote:
In 1893, during the last month of her stay in New Zealand, Ellen White was shown in vision Fannie Bolton. She wrote:"We were 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 do not place your dependence upon Fannie to prepare articles or to make books..she is your adversary.. She is not true to her duty, yet flatters herself she is doing a very important work." (Letter 59, 1894) It was evident that Fannie was doing exactly that— complaining about her lack of recognition and telling people how she was making "great improvements" while belittling Ellen White's work.
Writing of this to W.C.White on February 6, 1894, Ellen White reports:"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 this work, which she has represented to others has been as 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. She is unworthy of any connection with this work."
Letter 59, 1894 Ellen writes of another vision. "Beware and do not place your dependence upon Fannie. 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."Ellen White wrote to Fanny:
"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. ... You have come to think that you were the one to whom credit should be given for the value of the matter. I have had warnings concerning this, but could not see how I could come to the very point to say, "Go, Fannie," for then you plead, "Where shall I go?" And I try you again."On receiving this letter from Ellen White, Miss Bolton wrote a humble confession in which she acknowledged: "The bottom of all my trouble has been self, and that is satanic. ...It is very clear that I did not have the exalted sense of its sacredness which I should have had. I have felt that I needed human sympathy and recognition, and this has led me to talk to others what I had to do to the work. This was self, of course, ...my faith in the testimonies is stronger today than ever, and I feel that I want to put my whole influence on the side of up building the faith of God's people in this great and sacred work (DF 445b, Feb 9, 1894, Fannie Bolton to EGW) The staff encouraged Ellen White to give Fannie another trial. But it was short lived. This time Ellen White dismissed Fannie Bolton from her employ. In a letter to Marian Davis she wrote: "Fannie represented that she, with Marian, had brought all the talent and sharpness into my books, yet you are both ignored and set aside, and all the credit came to me. She had underscored some words in a book, ‘Christian Temperance,' "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 uncopied and in my own handwriting, and that these very words were in that original article. So Fannie's statement regarding these words is proved to be untrue.... I am disconnected from Fannie because God requires it, and my own heart requires it. I am sorry for Fannie (Letter 102,189) To her son Edson she wrote:
Fannie became ill and over a period of one year was nursed back to health by Sara McEnterfer.
Then Ellen White was given a unique vision. Of this she wrote:
Ellen White wrote:
THE HARVEST OF FANNIEEllen White wrote:
In conclusions Ellen White writes:"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 writings? Cannot people who have reason see this? If Fannie supplied my great deficiency, how is it that I now send articles to papers? (Letter 61a.1900.)
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