Lives of The Three Mrs. Judsons—Missionaries to Burmah

Lives of The Three Mrs. Judsons—Missionaries to Burmah

  • Introduction - Preface 6:31
  • Part 1 - Ann - Mrs. Judson's Birth, Education, and Conversion 12:07
  • 2 - Her Marriage and Voyage to India 9:22
  • 3 - Trials and Triumphs: The Judsons' Arrival in Calcutta 13:41
  • 4 - Daily Life and Culture of the Burman People 24:43
  • 5 - Rangoon, Letters From Mrs. Judson 10:34
  • 6 - Language, Diplomacy, and Resilience 9:33
  • 7 - Trials of Faith: Loss, Health Crises, and New Beginnings 12:10
  • 8 - Early Inquiries and the Challenges of Spiritual Outreach in Burma 11:59
  • 9 - Adversity and Resolve: Navigating Crisis at the Rangoon Mission 7:13
  • 10 - The First Christian Worship and Government Challenges in Burma 11:57
  • 11 - A Test of Faith: Diplomatic Struggles and Devotion in Ava 13:36
  • 12 - Health Failing Yet Again 9:12
  • 13 - Mrs. Judson's Arrival In America 9:44
  • 14 - Reflections and Resolve: Mrs. Judson's Health and Mission Commitment 13:05
  • 15 - Diplomatic Maneuvers and Royal Encounters 13:16
  • 16 - Trials and Tribulations in the Midst of War 17:06
  • 17 - Their Escape From Burman Oppression 25:52
  • 18 - Service, Sacrifice, and Sorrow 21:45
  • Part 2 - Sarah - Birth and Education, Poetical Talent 15:22
  • 2 - Her Conversion Followed By A Zeal For Missions 6:42
  • 3 - Account of George Dana Boardman's Life 7:45
  • 4 - Marriage and Leaving for India 29:08
  • 5 - Settlement and Peril: Embracing Home in Burmah 12:31
  • 6 - Venturing into New Territories: Missionary Work in Tavoy 12:58
  • 7 - The Apostasy of Disciples and Its Impact 10:57
  • 8 - Death of Their Firstborn 9:36
  • 9 - Revolt of Tavoy 15:24
  • 10 - Ill Health and Death 9:47
  • 11 - Illness and Death of George Dana Boardman 23:51
  • 12 - Carrying On Alone 14:15
  • 13 - Correspondence and Conviction: Mrs. Boardman's Firm Stand 10:03
  • 14 - Sarah's Second Marriage 9:58
  • 15 - Her Illness and Death 9:45
  • Part 3 - Emily - From Her Birth to Mr. Judson's Passing 49:24
  • 2 - Conclusion 19:34

Preface to, “Lives of The Three Mrs. Judsons” by Arabella W. Stuart

Among the many benefits which modern missions have conferred on the world, not the least, perhaps, is the field they have afforded for the development of the highest excellence of female character. The limited range of avocations allotted to woman, and her consequent inability to gain an elevated rank in the higher walks of life, has been a theme of complaint with many modern reformers, especially with the party who are loud in their advocacy of woman’s rights. That few of the sex have risen to eminence in any path but that of literature, is too well known to admit of denial, and might be proved by the scantiness of female biography. How few of the memoirs and biographical sketches which load the shelves of our libraries, record the lives of women!

The missionary enterprise opens to woman a sphere of activity, usefulness and distinction, not, under the present constitution of society, to be found elsewhere. Here she may exhibit whatever she possesses of skill in the mastery of unknown and difficult dialects; of tact in dealing with the varieties of human character; of ardor and perseverance in the pursuit of a noble end under the most trying discouragements; and of exalted Christian heroism and fortitude, that braves appalling dangers, and even death in its most dreadful forms, in its affectionate devotion to earthly friends, and the service of a Heavenly Master. Compared with the true independence, the noble energy, the almost superhuman intrepidity of the Mrs. Judsons, how weak and despicable seem the struggles of many misguided women in our day, who seek to gain a reluctant acknowledgment of equality with the other sex, by a noisy assertion of their rights, and in some instances, by an imitation of their attire! Who would not turn from a female advocate at the bar, or judge upon the bench, surrounded by the usual scenes of a court-house, even if she filled these offices with ability and talent, to render honor rather to her, who laying on the altar of sacrifice whatever of genius, or acquirement, or loveliness she may possess, goes forth to cheer and to share the labors and cares of the husband of her youth, in his errand of love to the heathen?

And it seems peculiarly appropriate that woman, who doubtlessowes to Christianity most of the domestic consideration and social advantages, which in enlightened countries she regards as her birthright, should be the bearer of these blessings to her less favored sisters in heathen lands. If the Christian religion was a Gospel to the poor, it was no less emphatically so to woman, whom it redeemed from social inferiority and degradation, the fruit for ages of that transgression which “brought death into the world, and all our wo.” Never until on the morning of the resurrection “she came early unto the sepulchre,” was she made one in Christ Jesus (in whom “there is neither in male nor female”) with him who had hitherto been her superior and her master. Nor does she seem then to have misunderstood her high mission, or to have been wanting to it. The ‘sisters’ in the infant churches rivalled the brethren in attachment and fidelity to the cause, and to their “ministry” the new religion was indebted in no small degree for its unparalleled success.

Perhaps an apology may be deemed necessary for another memoir of the distinguished females whose names adorn our title-page. With regard to the first Mrs. Judson, it has been thought that a simple narrative of her life, unencumbered with details of the history of the mission, would be more attractive to youthful readers than the excellent biography by Mr. Knowles. Of the second, though we cannot hope or wish to rival the graceful and spirited sketch by Fanny Forrester, still it is believed that a plain, unembellished story of a life which was in itself so exceedingly interesting, may also find favor with the public.

As to the last of these three Christian heroines who has so lately departed from among us, as full a sketch as practicable is given, from a wish to embalm in one urn—perhaps a fragile one—the memories of all those whose virtues and affections have contributed so largely to the happiness and usefulness of one of the noblest and most successful of modern missionaries—the Rev. Adoniram Judson.

The approval of several of the friends of the subjects of these memoirs, has encouraged us in our undertaking, and it is our sincere desire that the manner of its execution may be found acceptable, not only to them, but to the friends of missions in general. And should the work gain favor with our youthful readers, especially with female members of Sunday-schools and Bible-classes, and prompt them to a noble emulation of so illustrious examples, the author’s fondest hopes will be more than realized.