Adoniram Judson wrote the following letter to John Hasseltine in 1810 asking for his twenty year old daughter Ann “Nancy” Hasseltine’s hand in marriage:
I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next Spring to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subscription to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?
The couple were married on February 5, 1812 and within a week set sail for India.
Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901