It was a long and foreboding
trip to India. Five days out to sea the
Caravan sprang a leak and was in
danger of sinking until it was re-
paired. In spite of the hardships of
the journey, Harriet and Ann felt se-
cure in the love and comfort of their
bridegrooms. Harriett wrote to her
mother on the first of May and said,
“Among the many signal favors I am
daily receiving from God, one of the
greatest is a most affectionate partner.
With him my days pass cheerfully
away, happy in the consciousness of
loving and of being loved. With him
contented I would live, and contented
I would die.” 3 In writing about Adon-
iram, Ann said she found him to be
“one of the kindest, most faithful,
most affectionate of husbands.” 4
Harriett and Ann must have
had many intimate conversations.
Perhaps they discussed their safety
and the safety of their missionary
friends who were coming on anoth-
er ship. It is also possible that near
the end of the four month journey
Harriet shared with Ann the news that
she was expecting a baby.
n June 17, 1812, Harriet
wrote to her mother, “After
a tedious voyage, we have,
my dear mother, arrived in Calcutta.
We reached here yesterday at three
o'clock in the afternoon.” 5 The mis-
sionaries were excited to be in India,
and they were graciously received
by Dr. William Carey, but they were
not welcomed by the government of
India, which at that time was under the
East India Tea Company. The officials
immediately began to put pressure on
the missionaries to leave the country,
but where would they go?
O Harriet Newell, Memoirs of Mrs. Harriet Newell,
(Edinburgh: Ogle, Allardice, & Thomson, 1817), 180-181.
Courtney Anderson, 126.
5 Newell, 181.
6 Newell, 181.
7 Newell, p. 185.
12 • NATIONS
Their spirits lifted when they
heard that the governor of the Isle of
France was friendly toward mission-
aries and had even asked the London
Missionary Society to send mis-
sionaries there, but how could they get
there? Adoniram learned that the ship
Gillespie would sail in a few days, but
it could only take two passengers.
Since Harriet was expect-
ing a baby, it was decided that the
Newells would be the ones to take
the ship to the Isle of France. They
quickly packed their belongings and
said goodbye to their friends. This
was a very difficult time for Harriet.
She wrote to her mother, “We are
separated from our dear missionary
brethren, a trial which we never once
anticipated before we left home.... We
are going...without friends. I go with-
out one female companion; but I go
with renewed courage, rejoicing that
the Lord has opened us a way to work
for Him.” 6
The Newells departed on August
4, 1812, and were expecting to be on
the Isle of France in six weeks, but be-
cause of stormy weather and a leak in
the ship, it turned into a three-month-
Before reaching their destina-
tion, with only Samuel to help her,
Harriet delivered a beautiful pre-
mature baby girl whom they named
Harriet. They were overjoyed to hold
the precious bundle in their arms, but
as a result of the wind and rain, little
Harriet suffered a cold, caught pneu-
monia and died in her mother's arms
when she was five days old. The New-
ells were heartbroken as they placed
the body of their darling baby into the
churning sea. Samuel wrote, “Today,
with many tears, we committed her to
a watery grave.” 7 Harriet had no bit-
terness...long ago she had committed
all that she had or would ever have to
her heavenly Father.
nn could hardly contain her
excitement. She, Adoniram
and Luther Rice had finally
secured passage on a ship out of
A Ann Judson