Adoniram Judson asking Mr. Hasseltine for his daughter’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 to a heathen land, and her
subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a 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 a crown of righteousness brightened by the
acclamations of praise which shall resound to her Saviour from heathens saved,
through her means, from eternal woe and despair?"
From Memoir of Adoniram Judson which is written by his son.
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