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NEWELL, Samuel, missionary, born in Durham, Maine, 25 July, 1785; died in Bombay, India, 30 March, 1821. He was graduated at Harvard in 1807, at Andover theological seminary in 1810, and was one of the signers of the memorandum dated 27 July, 1810, from the students of that institution that led to the formation of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions. He was ordained as a foreign missionary at Salem, with four associates, on 5 February, 1812, and sailed for Calcutta with Adoniram Judson on 19 February On his arrival the Bengal government ordered him to leave the country, whereupon he went to the Isle of France, thence to Ceylon, and finally in 1817 joined the Reverend Gordon Hall in Bombay, in conjunction with whom he wrote " The Conversion of the World, or the Claims of Six Hundred Millions" (Andover, 1818).--His wife, Harriet Atwood, missionary, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 10 October, 1793 ; died in the Isle of France, 30 November, 1812, married Mr. Newell in February, 1812, and accompanied him to India, being one of the first female missionaries from the United States. Her memoirs by her husband, with her letters, entitled "Life and Writings of Mrs. Harriet Newell," have passed through several editions and have been translated into several languages (New York, 1831).
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