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GORDON, James D., missionary, born in Prince Edward island; died in Erromanga, New Hebrides, 25 February, 1872. He entered the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, and in 1864 went to Erromanga, one of the New Hebrides group of islands, as a missionary. At the end of six years he withdrew from outside support, and entirely alone trusted himself unreservedly among the natives until his death. During his residence on the Island he translated portions of the Bible into the language of Erromanga, besides preparing primers and hymns for their use. He also acquired a knowledge of the language of the Island of Espiritu Santo, and spent a winter there teaching the people. He perished at the hands of hostile natives.
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