Joseph Bates was one of the co-founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He was the driving force not only in getting the fledgling movement to accept the 7th day Sabbath message, he was also the pioneer in getting the SDA church to follow the health message, perhaps to a fault.
I’ve just typed in his book called: “Second Advent Waymarks and High Heaps, or a Connected View, of the Fulfilment of Prophecy, by God’s Peculiar People, From the year 1840 to 1847″ by Joseph Bates (1847), and put it up on the internet. link to book
The most striking things to me about it are the documentation of the arguments used against the SDA movement, the way that nearly all of the former Advent believers rejected their experience in the 1843/1844 movement, the study by Joseph Bates into the holy days of God, and the way of looking at world events and interpreting them to mean that the final end has come (something we SDAs still are prone to do).
May this book be a blessing to all, as we learn from our history, believe it, and move to higher planes as Jesus leads.