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~ A Study of EGW's Signature ~





        Apparently there exists a letter, a copy is included here, allegedly from the "pen" of Ellen G. White, in which she endorses all the changes that were made to the 1884 GC, which was then published in 1911.

        Other than the signatures, if EGW did endorse the 1911 GC, it means that God changed his mind about some things, or that EGW stopped being faithful to God, or perhaps EGW was given more light which was different than she got before. Something happened, because too much is different.

You are going to have to make a decision.

        The following pages are a brief study of the signatures. Perhaps at a later date, and the accumulation of more signatures, we will perform a more detailed examination. The photocopied comments about the letter and signatures are from, unknown to me, others. This material is supplied for your study so you can make your own decision based on the weight of evidence. My comments are largely confined to these two pages and captions supplied under the various copies.

        Signature No. 1 is the signage of the infamous letter under discussion. This begs some questions. When was the last time you signed a letter twice? In all probably, never. It appears that the top signature was made by an elderly person. This is shown by the lack of a smooth flow of the strokes forming the signature, which can be caused by several factors, usually the weakness of advanced age.

        The fact that the middle name is written out is prima facie evidence that someone other than EGW wrote this signature, she never wrote out her middle name. It is my opinion that because of very similar details evident in the signature and other true signatures, the writer was a person who was accustomed to forging the signature of EGW.

        The second, or bottom, signature appears to be a stamped signature. You will understand in just a few lines why I say this. At this point we make a call to the GCSDA church to produce the stamp Willie used in his 'work.' Also, if you, dear reader, find or have a signature of EGW, please scan it and email it to me, art@sopvindicated.org
        We will place it in the lineup for all to see. Thank you.

        Signature No. 2 is purported to be a personal letter from EGW to her son, Willie. Now all you moms out there, and dads too, please tell me the answer to this question: when was the time you signed your usual, or legal, signature at the end of a letter to your child? It just doesn't happen. You are so into seeing this little munchkin in your mind and are delighted to sign, Dad, or Mom, you are not thinking of signing your "signature," no way.

        Signature No. 3 clearly was written by others.

        Signature No. 4, in my opinion, is also by others. Details in a moment.

        Signature No. 5 is very interesting in that we have a whole letter of 9 pages to peruse. Here we now have accumulated enough data to form ideas and identify patterns of habit held by the writer. I'll include it in total below. I believe this letter written by others.

        Look at the personal pronoun 'I' and how it is formed. Page 39 of "Messenger to the Remnant" contains the earliest copy of EGW's writing that I have in my possession. I currently believe it to be EGW's writing. It contains at least three 'I's. Each one appears to be started at the bottom by the writer; whereas, in the letter to J. S. Washburn, the style is the same but clearly the letter 'I' is started at the top.

        Signature No. 6 comes from the 1880 book, "Life Sketches" by Elder James White. I believe this signature to be the real signature of EGW. In my experience to this point, something on the order of 98% of all problems with the writings of EGW appear after the date of James' death.

        Elder James White was the "house-band" and as such, he was the protector of the Spirit of Prophecy writings. Much damage was done after his death by Satan and his agents. This book, published one year before his death, I believe contains the true signature of EGW. Let's take a look at the details.

        I have little doubt that she knew this particular signature would be published, therefore, she probably did a good job of it, purposely. At this juncture I will take a little side trip.

        I asked a police officer once, "How do you get a drunk driver's signature on the ticket?" His answer, "You can always sign your name and it is correct, even if drunk.

        The same holds true the older you get. We get more feeble and the signature shows our lack of muscle control, but the habits control. Now look at the first part of the letter "W" on the word "White." The letter begins to be formed with a down stroke to form the lead-in to the actual letter. After making this decorative stroke, the pen makes an up-stroke to a point, then comes the long down-stroke to the bottom.

        This detail appears in the second or, as I believe, stamped, signature on the 1911 letter. It also appears on signature No. 7, which I believe is forged also because of the forming of the personal pronoun 'I' which is totally different than No. 6, with only 3 years difference. All other signatures have a very pronounced, rounded, swirl to start the letter.

        Signature No. 7 document deals with a sensitive subject. This may be the reason for the forgery. Perhaps I am wrong and more handwriting samples will prove it out.

        For now, these are my thoughts and reasons. I do not trust the GCSDA church leadership at all, they have had their day, they have made their choice.

Now it's your turn. You decide.

The following are links to the various photocopies referred to above, plus some others.
I suggest right-clicking on the links and opening in a new tab for a fast view from tab to tab while studing the signatures.


7 samples on one page

The "W.56-1911" Letter to F. M. Wilcox, Page 1

The "W.56-1911" Letter to F. M. Wilcox, Page 1

The "W.56-1911" Letter to F. M. Wilcox, Page 1

"An Examination of the Signatures" by unknown others

"An Examination of the Signatures" by unknown others

From "Messenger to the Remnant," Page 83

From "Messenger to the Remnant," Page 101

From "Messenger to the Remnant," Page 85

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Cover

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 1

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 2

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 3

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 4

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 5

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 6

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 7

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 8

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 9

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 10

Letter to J. S. Washburn, from Leaves of Autumn, Page 11

From the 1880 "Life Sketches,"
currently believed to be a real EGW signature

From "Messenger to the Remnant," Page 42

From "Messenger to the Remnant," Page 39,
currently believed to be real EGW handwriting


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