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Calcutta. Through the mist they could see the Isle of France. She was so anxious to see Harriet's baby. Was it a boy or a girl? Ann also wanted to tell Harriet that she also would be having a baby. When the ship arrived at Port St. Louis on the Isle of France, the Judsons and Luther Rice were met by Samuel alone. They were shocked; his appearance was almost unrecognizable. His image was that of a man who had gone through a vale of grief and sorrow. In the days that followed, Samuel sorrowfully pieced together the story of Harriet's death for his friends. Grief, exhaustion, and exposure to the elements had weakened Harriet's body. When they arrived in Port St. Louis, Samuel took Harriet to a small house he had rented and found two physicians to care for her, but they could do nothing. Day by day, she grew weaker and weaker. uring her last days, Har- riet often spoke of heaven, and the joy of being with her heavenly Father. She also talked about her dear missionary friends. She longed for them to come so that they could have a worship service together again. Harriet had great concern for her brothers and sisters, and told Samuel to tell them that she wanted to meet them in heaven and not to delay repen- D 8 “The visit revived many painful, solemn feelings. But a little while ago, she was with us on board ship and joined us daily in prayer and praise. Now, her body is crumbling to dust in a land of strangers.” he Judsons eventu- ally went to Burma where they endured many trials as missionaries there. Ann stood faithfully by Adoniram's side until her death in 1826. That day at Salem Harbor inspired me. I was touched by those scenes of long ago—two young cou- ples sailing out of the harbor to change the world. Indeed the world has never been the same since that day. Two young women—one died at 19 years of age, the other at age 37. The lonely grave on the Isle of France has inspired untold thousands of young people to give their lives for Christian service. The grave at Amherst, Bur- ma, testifies to the, now, thousands of believers in Burma of the faithfulness of a young missionary wife. Still the waters at Salem Harbor lap against the shore, still the lonely sound of the seagulls call out, still the mingled emotions of awe and admira- tion for lives so well lived, and sacri- fices so unspeakable, still the memory of what happened here inspires me with the... T tance. Just before she died she said to Samuel, “Tell them, and also my dear mother, that I have never regretted leaving my native land for the cause of Christ.” 8 Harriet died on November 30, 1812. Samuel buried her under an evergreen tree in a secluded spot of the Port St. Louis cemetery. She was just nineteen years old. efore leaving the Isle of France, Ann paid a visit to the cemetery where Harriet was buried. Standing at the grave, she thought of two young brides standing on the deck of the ship at Salem Har- bor waving goodbye. She later wrote, B Sacred Lessons of . . . Salem Harbor. Newell, 189. NATIONS • 13