Fannie Bolton, 1859 – 1926

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Joining the Church when she was 28, Fannie became a staff member of Ellen White in 1889. Though a woman of considerable ability, she had an exaggerated view of her role and was emotionally unstable. She even claimed to be the author of Steps to Christ. While she may have done some of the editing, the first draft of that book was written before she was employed by Mrs White. 

She also accused Mrs White of not following her own counsel on health issues, claiming she saw her eating “big raw oysters with vinegar, pepper and salt” at a railway station—a statement she later retracted.

I think Fannie feels that many of my expressions can be bettered, and she takes the life and point out of them.

Fannie had a tendency to do more than the work of an editor and change the meaning of Mrs White’s manuscripts to make them, in her opinion, read better. Mrs White, by contrast, wrote, “I think Fannie feels that many of my expressions can be bettered, and she takes the life and point out of them.”

Because of these problems, Fannie was released from Mrs White’s employment several times, returning when she pledged to work within her job description, but consistently failing to do so. In all, she worked for Mrs White, on and off, for around seven years.

Source: Messenger of the Lord by Dr Herbert Douglass.