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The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress

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    Four Pounds of Flour

    He said that while in prayer before God, he decided to write the book, and felt assured that the way would open to publish it. He therefore seated himself at his desk, with Bible and concordance, to begin his work. In the course of an hour, Mrs. Bates came into the room and said, “Joseph, I haven’t flour enough to make out the baking,” and at the same time mentioned some other little articles that she needed. “How much flour do you lack?” asked Captain Bates. “About four pounds,” was her reply. “Very well,” replied he. After she had left the room, he went to a store near by, purchased the four pounds of flour and the other articles, brought them home, and again seated himself at his writing desk. Presently Mrs. Bates came in and saw the articles on the table and exclaimed, “Where did this flour come from?” “Why,” said the captain, “isn’t there enough? You said you wanted four pounds.” “Yes,” said she, “but where did you get it?” “I bought it,” said he; “is not that the amount you wanted to complete the baking?” “Yes,” continued Mrs. Bates, “but have you, Captain Bates, a man who has sailed vessels out of New Bedford to all parts of the world, been out and bought four pounds of flour?” “Yes, was not that the amount you needed to complete the baking?” “Yes,” said Mrs. Bates, “but have you bought four pounds(!) of flour?”GSAM 251.3

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