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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. 3 4 12 • NATIONS Harriet Newell 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- long journey. 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