Austin’s Powerful Plea “How he delights in the apparel they wear! And these bands about the waist–adjust them carefully. Cut off the action of the abdominal muscles entirely. Under the heading “Talks About Health,” two articles appeared, both selected from the writings of Dr. In the first (November 25, 1862) he pointed out the evil effects of insufficient clothing for the limbs, and in the second (May 25, 1863) he condemned the corset and recommended a “full and loose” dresswaist to be supported from the shoulders instead of the hips. “A third class passed before me with cheerful countenances, and free, elastic step.
Thousands of women in this State are wearing the American Costume. They are injurious, and, what is worse, they are out of date. Hoops continued to be frequently denounced in the church paper, both by ministry and laity. “Whatever may be the length of the dress, females should clothe their limbs as thoroughly as the males. If we could have the old-fashioned strength that characterized the old-fashioned women of past generations it would be very desirable.”–Ibid., p. She urged that womanhood should “manifest a noble independence, and moral courage to be right, if all the world differ from them.”–Ibid., pp. “Christians should not take pains to make themselves gazing-stocks by dressing differently from the world. Through the lectures and the literature put out by Doctors Jackson and Austin, they had opportunity to become better acquainted with the reasons for its adoption. Later she consulted with other sisters in Battle Creek, Michigan, in seeking for a costume that would be consistent with the faith and practice of Seventh-day Adventists.
There are many neighborhoods, in central and western New York, where it is the common dress worn. But a dress just fitting closely and beautifully can do no harm. The general stand of the church against them is reflected in a letter from a lady correspondent who wrote of her experience in accepting the message. The dress should reach somewhat below the top of the boot; but should be short enough to clear the filth of the sidewalk and street, without being raised by the hand.”–Ibid., pp. This may be done by wearing lined pants gathered into a band and fastened about the ankle, or made full and tapering at the bottom; and these should come down long enough to meet the shoe.”–Ibid., p. To those who might object to such a costume on the grounds that it would be old-fashioned, Mrs. But if, in accordance with their faith and duty in respect to their dressing modestly and healthfully, they find themselves out of fashion, they should not change their dress in order to be like the world.”–Ibid. But they were not led to alter their former counsel that it was not suitable for Seventh-day Adventist womanhood. It seems probable that it was about this time, while they were endeavoring to find such a middle-of-the-road pattern, that the vision was given in which she saw three companies of women, each with a different length of dress.
-by Celina Richards I thought that the following article, by D. Robinson, would be of much help to our Christian sisters who are seeking to “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9, 10.
This article discusses the history of Seventh-day Adventists and the God-given light regarding the reform dress.
If they wish to walk, they must wait till the dew is off the grass, and a sultry summer sun detracts from the benefit of it. Miller went to Seneca Falls, New York, to visit her cousin, Mrs.
If they work in the garden, more strength is expended on account of the dress than with the plants, for it not only is so arranged that they cannot make a motion easily, but it must be gathered up in their arms while they work with their hands. “If they turn to the leafy adorned temple of nature to recreate, they must zigzag their way around every bush and log, in spending all their care on muslin instead of enjoying nature; and if they come to a fence the field beyond is forbidden ground to them, though it be all abloom with choicest flowers.”–Ellen Beard Harmon, Dress Reform: Its Physiological and Moral Bearing, (a lecture delivered at the Y. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the honored ladies of the nation because of her efforts in the cause of women.
In all the Northern States it has hundreds of representatives; and in number of them it has thousands. And while you adorn it to your taste, to please the eye, you are dying spiritually. Byington makes the following innuendo in the form of a question and a conclusion: “Are sleeves which are largest at the little end, and round tires like the moon, or hoops (Isa. Only four ladies, apparently ventured to respond to the question, with its implication. Close Observation During their three weeks’ stay at Our Home, Mrs. It is evident from this statement that up to that time, although Mrs.
It is known and worn in California, Canada East and West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. All these were agreed in condemning the first style, and three agreed that the wearing of hoops was a practice “unbecoming women professing godliness.” One, however, expressed her opinion that the hoops were unobjectionable and might be “recommended to the church generally in this season of the year, when used with moderation.”–Ibid, September 23, 1858. White said of this oddity, “Hoops, I was shown, were an abomination, and every Sabbathkeeper’s influence should be a rebuke to this ridiculous fashion, which has been a screen to iniquity.”–Ibid, August 27, 1861. White and her husband had opportunity to observe at close hand the mode of dress that she had formerly declared to be unsuitable for Seventh-day Adventists. White had “been shown” certain principles that should govern a reform in dress, there had been no detailed, specified pattern revealed to her.
White introduced her sixth and last article on “Disease and Its Causes,” in the series entitled “How to Live,” which appeared in print in the early part of 1865.