Extracts from the correspondence and diaries of Harriet Newell

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing extracts from Harriet Newell's letters and diaries. Concludes with a letter from her widower, Samuel Newell, to his mother-in-law describing Harriet's illness, the birth and death of their baby daughter and her own death.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harriet Atwood was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA in October 1793. In February 1812 she married Samuel Newell who was about to go out to Burma as a missionary. On reaching Calcutta they, together with their fellow-missionaries; Adoniram and Anne Judson, Gordon Hall and Samuel and Rosanna Nott were ordered to leave by the East India Company. During the subsequent voyage to Mauritius Harriet gave birth to a daughter who died on 14th October 1812, five days after her birth. Harriet herself died, shortly after their arrrival in Mauritius, on the 30th November 1812 aged nineteen years of age.

Following her death her husband compiled a memorial volume, including extracts from her diaries and letters. This was later published and widely read.

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Acquisition Information

Donated in 1981.

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This description constitutes the only finding aid at present.


The Memoirs of Mrs Harriet Newell were first published ca 1814. They proved to be something of a missionary tract and went into a number of editions.