"I Am Quite Certain That She Did Not Breathe"
|Dr. and Mrs. Merritt G. Kellogg—White Estate|
M. G. Kellogg, M.D.
As to Mrs. White's condition while in vision a few statements
from eyewitnesses may be in place. The first is from M. G. Kellogg,
M.D., who refers to the first vision given in Michigan, May 29,
1853, at a meeting held in Tyrone, Livingston County. He says:
"Sister White was in vision about twenty minutes or half an hour.
As she went into vision every one present seemed to feel the
power and presence of God, and some of us did indeed feel the
Spirit of God resting upon us mightily. We were engaged in prayer
and social meeting Sabbath morning at about nine o'clock. Brother
White, my father, and Sister White had prayed, and I was praying
at the time. There had been no excitement, no demonstrations.
We did plead earnestly with God, however, that He would bless
the meeting with His presence, and that He would bless the work
in Michigan. As Sister White gave that triumphant shout of 'Glory!
g-l-o-r-y! g-l-o-r-y!' which you have heard her give so often
as she goes into vision, Brother White arose and informed the
audience that his wife was in vision. After stating the manner
of her visions, and that she did not breathe while in vision,
he invited any one who wished to do so to come forward and examine
her. Dr. Drummond, a physician, who was also a First-day Adventist
preacher, who (before he saw her in vision) had declared her
visions to be of mesmeric origin, and that he could give her
a vision, stepped forward, and after a thorough examination,
turned very pale, and remarked, 'She doesn't breathe!'
"I am quite certain that she did not breathe at that time while
in vision, nor in any of several others which she has had when
I was present. The coming out of the vision was as marked as
her going into it. The first indication we had that the vision
was ended, was in her again beginning to breathe. She drew her
first breath deep, long, and full, in a manner showing that her
lungs had been entirely empty of air. After drawing the first
breath, several minutes passed before she drew the second, which
filled the the lungs precisely as did the first; then a pause
of two minutes, and a third inhalation, after which the breathing
became natural." Signed, "M. G. Kellogg, M.D., Battle Creek,
Mich., Dec. 28, 1890."
F. C. Castle
We give the following statement from an individual who witnessed
a medical examination of Mrs. White while in vision at Stowe,
Vermont, in the summer of 1853. He says:
"A physician was present, and made such examination of her as
his wisdom and learning dictated, to find the cause of the manifestation.
A lighted candle was held close to her eyes, which were wide
open; not a muscle of the eye moved. He then examined her in
regard to her pulse, and also in regard to her breathing, and
there was no respiration. The result was that he was satisfied
that it could not be accounted for on natural or scientific principles."
Signed, "F. C. Castle."
D. H. Lamson
The following testimonials relate to an examination made while
Mrs. White was in vision in a meeting held in the home of Elder
James White, on Monroe Street, Rochester, N.Y., June 26, 1854:
"I was then seventeen years old. It seems to me I can almost
hear, those thrilling shouts of 'G-l-o-r-y!' which she uttered.
Then she sank back to the floor, not falling, but sinking gently,
and was supported in the arms of an attendant. Two physicians
came in, an old man and a young man. Brother White was anxious
that they should examine Sister White closely, which they did.
A looking-glass was brought, and one of them held it over her
mouth while she talked; but very soon they gave this up, and
said, 'She doesn't breathe'. Then they closely examined her
sides, as she spoke, to find some evidence of deep breathing,
but they did not find it. As they closed this part of the examination,
she arose to her feet, still in vision, holding a Bible high
up, turning from passage to passage, quoting correctly, although
the eyes were looking upward and away from the book.
"She had a view of the seven last plagues. Then she saw the
triumph of the saints, and her shouts of triumph I can seem to
hear even now. To these facts I freely testify." Signed, "Elder
D. H. Lamson, Hillsdale, Mich., Feb. 8, 1893."
Mrs. Drusilla Lamson
Another testimonial is given respecting the same medical examination
from Mrs. Drusilla Lamson, widow of Elder Lamson's cousin, and
matron of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Sanitarium. Speaking of the
meeting of June 26, 1854, she says:
"I remember the meeting when the trial was made, namely, to test
what Brother White had frequently said, that Sister White did
not breathe while in vision, but I cannot recall the name of
the doctor who was present. . . . It must have been Doctor Fleming,
as he was the doctor called sometimes for counsel. He is, however,
now dead. I can say this much, that the test was made and no
sign of breath was visible on the looking-glass." Signed, "Drusilla
Lamson, Clifton Springs, N.Y., March 9, 1893."
"This is to certify that I have read the above testimonials of
David Lamson and Mrs. Drusilla Lamson, concerning the physician's
statement when examining Mrs. E. G. White while she was in vision,
June 26, 1854. I was present at that meeting, and witnessed
the examination. I agree with what is stated by Brother and
Sister Lamson, and would say further that it was Doctor Fleming
and another younger physician who made the examination. After
Mrs. White rose to her feet, as they have stated, quoting the
text of Scripture, Doctor Fleming called for a lighted candle.
He held this candle as near her lips as possible without burning,
and in direct line with her breath in case she breathed. There
was not the slightest flicker of the blaze. The doctor then
said, with emphasis, 'That settles it forever, there is no breath
in her body' ". Signed, "David Seeley, Fayette, Iowa, Aug. 29,
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Fowler
The following statements relate to an examination made while
Mrs. White was in vision in Waldron's Hall, Hillsdale, Mich.,
in the month of February, 1857. Doctor Lord, a physician of Hillsdale
of fifty years' practice, made a most careful examination, concerning
which I present the following testimonials:
"We were present when (in February, 1857) Sister E. G. White
had a vision in Waldron's Hall, Hillsdale. Dr. Lord made an
examination, and said, 'Her heart beats, but there is no breath.
There is life, but no action of the lungs; I cannot account
for this condition.' " Signed, "A. F. Fowler, Mrs. A. F. Fowler,
Hillsdale, Mich., Jan. 1, 1891."