Excerpt from The Thirty-Third Annual Report of the American Madura Mission, 1867
At the beginning of the year there were ten Mission Families on the ground. In March Dr. Andomrs. Lord, who joined the Mission in December 1863, were obliged, on account of ill health, to return to America. Mr. And Mrs. Tracy, the oldest members of the Mission, who, with the exception of a visit to the United States from November 1850 to April 1854, had been in the country 1 30 years, went home in June. Mr. Rendall, who had been out 20 years, left India with' his family on the 8th of August. These departures would have reduced our number to seven. But, in May, we were permitted to welcome to our circle Mr. And Mrs. Herrick, who had left the mission for a visit to our native land in 18645, and Mr. And Mrs. Penfield and Miss Rosella A. Smith, who came out for the first time. Our hearts are again made glad, by the arrival in Madras, just at the close of the year, of Mr. And Mrs. Taylor, who left in is65, and of' Mr. 'and Mrs. Hazen, Miss Martha S. Taylor, and Miss Sarah Pollock. 'our number is thus increased to eleven Missionaries and fourteen assistant Missionaries.
The health of the mission families, during the year, with one or two exceptions, has been unusually good. Our children have all been watched over by a kind Providence, and one has been added to the number. An aggregate of ten months only was spent away from their stations, for change and rest, by 'five families. But while we have abundant occasion for gratitude for the blessing of health, for the safe return of those, who were compelled to leave the work for a season and for the valuable accession to our number, we have been called to mourn the death of one, by all beloved, who left India in company with her husband, she, apparently, the stronger of the two, and elated with the happy'prospect of soon meeting her aged parents and her beloved children in America. But the death angel came in an unexpected hour, and our dear sister Rendall, amid circumstances and scenes which she would have least desired, was suddenly cut down, and found her final resting place in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a heavy blow to the mission; and to our bereaved brother and his mother less children how severe! We mourn for them, and we mourn for ourselves. Their loss and ours is immense. But we cannot mourn for her. Though her career has been shorter than we desired, she has finished an earnest and successful life work, and has gone home to be with that Saviour in whom she trusted, with a child-like faith. The Providence which removed from our mission 'circle one whom we could so ill afford to spare, is dark and mysterious. We receive it as the chastening of the Lord, and desire to profit by the correction.
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