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Hiram Edson’s Daughter Remembers

December 14, 2008



I have just been reading the Anniversary Number of the Review and Herald, and as I have looked into the faces of old familiar friends, it has aroused many recollections of the past. My whole life has been in close connection with the Advent Message. I was born about the time my parents accepted the Advent doctrine under the preaching of Wm. Miller in 1843. They were firm and true to the cause of truth to the close of their lives, and it called for such self-denial and and sacrifice in those early days, for its friends were few and mostly poor in this worlds goods.

After the passing of the time when they expected the Lord would come on the 22nd of October, 1844, a few of the most earnest and faithful ones were at the home of my father, (Hiram Edson), praying and studying the prophecies to learn the cause of the disappointment. After prayer they started out to visit some that had been interested, and were going through a corn field when suddenly father saw a bright light shining around him and heard these words, as of an audible voice: “The temple of God was opend in heaven and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament.” The others passed on, but soon noticed he was not with them, and, looking back, asked what was the matter. He replied, “Brethren, there is new light for us.” They went to studying the prophecies, and the light on the subject of the Sanctuary was then brought out, which fully explained the cause of the disappointment. O. R. L. Crozer then wrote the article mentioned in the Review a few months ago. He was at father’s, and, finances being low, those interested in the Message having used all their ready means in proclaiming the Message, my mother sold her solid silver teaspoons and half of her large spoons to pay for having the article printed in the “Day Dawn.” That also opened up the subject of the seventh-day Sabbath.

The conference to which Brother and Sister White were invited, as noticed on page 8 of the Review, was held at father’s house, near Port Gibson, New York. Nearly all the Sabbath-keepers at that time met there, and my parents entertained them, the sisters sleeping in the house and the brethren in the haymow. Father cleaned and seated his barn floor to have a place for the meetings. That was a time that called for self-denial and sacrifice. Brother and Sister White were in very close circumstances. Father sold his sheep and gave $1500 to help them.

Another conference was held at father’s not long after this, and a mob of forty gathered in the dooryard, intent on breaking up the meeting. They rushed into the house and laid hold of one brother and dragged him to the door. Another brother stepped up and ordered them to let him go, when one of the mob took a griddle from off the stove and struck him, cutting him badly over the eye. Father then walked boldly out into the crowd and said: “I won’t give up my faith if you cut me into inch pieces and feed my flesh to the foxes of the desert and to the fowls of the air.” The Spirit of God accompanied the words with such power that the crowd all withdrew and they had a quiet meeting.

I, with my parents, attended the meeting at Balston Springs, at which it was decided to move the Review office to Rochester, N. Y., and buy a Washington hand press. I well remember hearing father say, “We, no doubt, will have a power press before the close—and maybe two or three.” That required a great stretch of faith at that time, but what do we see today?—many large power presses in various parts of the world, all of them running day and night, sending out the message of truth by the tons. The work, begun in such poverty and weakness, has grown mighty and strong, and God will carry it to a glorious consummation. There is still a great work to be done, but He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness.

Nearly all of the faces shown in the Anniversary Number of the Review and Herald are familiar to me. The first page of the Present Truth looks very familiar. I well remember reading it when a child. I have no recollection of my parents keeping Sunday.

I truly praise the Lord that He has kept me in the love of the truth, while many bright and shining lights have gone out in darkness. Time has continued much longer than we expected, but it has been through the longsuffering of God, who is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But it will not always wait. Jesus will soon come, and may reader and writer be able to say, “This is the Lord—we have waited for Him and He will save us.”

From one who has been long looking for the appearing of Christ.

Houston, Texas, Jan. 15, 1920.

Bates Reports on Recent Tour – 1852

April 1, 2008

The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, February 17, 1852, Vol. 2, No. 12


From Brn. Bates and Edson.

DEAR BRO. WHITE: Since our last from Toronto, (C. W.) as published in the ” Review and Herald” No. 10, we have accomplished the circuit around Lake Ontario.

From the various places we visited, from Kingston (C. W.) to this place, we left more than one hundred interested in the present truth, many of which confessed that. the Sabbath of the Lord our God was clear, and began to keep it in connection with those that had embraced it at an earlier period. More than fifty, as you will see by the list of names, are anxious to receive the paper. Many also confessed that they see no light coming from the various positions now occupied and presented by the professed leading Adventists, while the third angel’s message looked clear and unobjectionable.

We now expect to leave here in the morning for Ulyses, Allegheny County, Penn., embracing in our way Batavia, Mill Grove. Buffalo, Fredonia, Busti, and other places in this state as the way opens, and if the Lord will, reach Ulyses in time to spend the last Sabbath and first day in Feb. in conference with the brethren in that place, and the next week following in Bath, N. Y.

While we were in Canada West one of the brethren showed us an ancient translation of the New Testament, that was so mutilated that we could not learn when it was published or who translated it. We thought that 2 Cor. iii, 3, 4, 6-18, was much to the point. The following is a copy.

2 Cor. Chap. Iii, 3, 4, 6–18.

Verse 3. ” For it is apparent to the world that you are Christ’s epistle written by our ministration, not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God— inscribed not on tables of stone, but on the tablets of the human heart.

4. ” Such is the firm confidence we repose thro’ Christ in the supreme being,

6. ” Who hath empowered and qualified us to be. ministers of the new covenant, not the Mosaic, but the Christian covenant—for the Mosaic pronounced an irreversable. sentence of death upon its transgressors; but the Christian covenant holds forth the palm of immortality.

7. ” But if the dispensation which annexed death to the violation of it, and whose laws were engraven on stones, was ushered in with such magnificence and splendor (a splendor that was only designed to be transcient and temporary) that the eyes of the Israelites could not support the dazzling beams that darted from the countenance of Moses,

8. ” How much more glorious and effulgent must be the lustre of the Christian dispensation.

9. “For if that rigid and implacable dispensation which condemned the offender to death by an irreversable sentence, was introduced with such striking pomp and glory, how infinitely superior must be the strong and ineffable radiance of that dispensation which is replete with benignity arid mercy,

10. “But in this respect the glory that was reflected on the former dispensation vanishes into no- thing when compared with the superior splendor of the latter.

11. ” For if that economy which was destined to be superceded and annulled, was delivered with such an ostentatious display of grandeur—how much more glorious must be that economy which is de- signed to be forever durable and permanent.

12. “Animated therefore with these hopes, we use great freedom and liberty in our addresses.

13. ” We are not like Moses who covered himself with a vail—so that the children of Israel could not clearly see the end and design of a dispensation which was intended to he abrogated:

14. ” But their rational faculties were involved in the mists of darkness—for to the present day that very vail which Christ hath removed and forever abolished continues to enwrap their minds when they read the old testament; and still shrouds their under- standings in the baleful shades of obscurity and gloom.

15. “To this very day when the law of Moses is read by them, the vail remains upon their hearts.

16. ” But when the- Jews”shall be converted to the Lord, the vail that now involves and obscures their minds, shall be forever removed

17. “By being converted to the Lord I mean being converted to the spiritual institution of the gospel—and where this spiritual dispensation of God is, there is the truest liberty.

18. But we all, with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord reflected as from the brightest mirror are metamorphosed into the same moral resemblance ; receiving continual accessions of glory and splendor, emitted from the great indefectible source of spiritual light.



Centerport, (N. Y.) Feb., 1, 1852.

Bates Writes From Toronto, New Year’s – 1852

April 1, 2008



The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, January 13, 1852, Vol. 2, No. 10, Page 80


From Bro. Bates.

DEAR BRO. WHITE : Since I started, in Oct. last, on my western tour, I have visited many places in western N. Y. Held protracted meetings in several places with our Sabbath brethren, who are loving the present truth more and more. In many planes we found the brethren in deep trials; but prayer, and perseverance in the strait truths that the little flock, now see in their pathway soon triumphed over the Enemy, and our hearts were made glad and healed by the precious saving truths in the third angel’s message.

Bro. Edson met me at Auburn. N. Y. We crossed the St. Lawrence, for Canada West, the last week in Nov., and have been working our way to the west, along the south shore of Lake Ontario, and where-ever we have learned that there were scattered sheep in the back settlements north of us, we have waded through the deep snow from two to forty miles to find them, and give the present truth; so that in five weeks we have traveled hundreds of miles, and gained on the direct road westward one hundred eighty miles, We expect, to close our labors here by the 5th, and then go north again to Lake Sincoe. where we learn there are some of the scattered flock. From thence it is probable we shall we shall pass on the same course westward to the borders of Lake Huron and Erie. When we have finished our labors between these seas, we expect to return towards Rochester, N. Y.

The, first twenty days of our journey we were much tried with the deep snow, and tedious cold weather, and with but few exceptions cold and impenetrable hearts. The truth was no food for them. Since that time the scene has changed and the truth begun to take effect, and some we trust are now searching for the truth. At Mariposa and Scewgog Lakes, thirty and forty miles in the back settlements, and about sixty from here, we found many hungry for the truth. Their minister, (Peter Hough,) objected to our message, and labored hard to do away the Sabbath of the Lord our God, and called upon his congregation to decide, concluding that his arguments were clear. About twelve out of twenty enlisted under the banner of the third angel, while but two I believe shewed a sign in his favor. The rest we left in a deep study, saying, they would examine the subject.

In Reach, eight more confessed the whole truth, and three other families admitted the Sabbath to be right. In both of these places they are united in their monthly meetings. Their meetings were appointed for the last Sabbath. They have hopes of their other brethren, because they know them to be honest. These two companies of brethren and sisters seem strong and united, and remind me very much of the Melbourn and Eaton companies in Canada East, that were so prompt and decided to move out on the Lord’s side as soon as the truth was presented.

You will see by the list of names for the paper, and also other names that we send in with those, that they are hungering and thirsting for the truth in the last message. We believe that God has precious jewels in Canada West. We have no misgivings about this being the field of our labor for the present. O, God speed the work of gathering the 144,000 here, and all over the field. Amen.

Toronto, (C. W.), Jan. 1st, 1852.


Bates and Edson to Visit Canada West – 1851

April 1, 2008

The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Saratoga Springs, N.Y, November 25, 1851, Vol 2, No. 7, Page 56

… We have sent a box of books and papers to Josiah Hart, Northfield, Vt., for the traveling brethren to distribute.

Brn. Joseph Bates and Hiram Edson intend visiting Canada West, and laboring some weeks there.

Bro. G. W. Holt left Saratoga the 18th, on his way from Vermont to Oswego.

Bro. Rhodes has returned from Mich., and gives a good account of the state of things in Jackson

The labors of Bro. J. N. Andrews in the west have been greatly blest of the Lord.

Bro. E. Goodwin writes that those who have recently received the truth in Oswego are strong in the faith.

We shall be happy to have the traveling brethren, and the friends of present truth who may visit Saratoga, give us a call at the corner of Circular and Phila Streets…