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there in April, 1810. Her health had always been delicate. She was sub-
ject to attacks of palpitation of the heart, and the fatigue and excitement
of the journey across the continent added to this difficulty, so that when she
reached Smyrna she was seriously ill.

In the society of the large circle of relatives of her husband, who gave
her the kindest welcome, and soon learned to love her most warmly, and
in that of the missionary families residing in Smyrna, she found much to
cheer her last days ; but all the while the disease was getting more and more
the mastery. No care of friends, and no skill of physicians, could check
its progress, and on the 12th of September, 1840, just five months after
reaching Smyrna, she went to her Saviour, whom with all the warmth of a
most affectionate heart she had long loved, and had sought to serve in a
rare spirit of humility and self-consecration. One who knew Mrs. Van
Lennep in her early home in Springfield, and who was also well acquainted
with her missionary life in Smyrna, says of her :

'' Her missionary life was a very short one, but it was not without its in-
fluence. The loveliness of her Christian character made a deep impression
upon all the circle of friends and relatives there, many of whom had never
before had the opportunity to witness the power of faith in Christ and of
love to him.

" Her mortal remains sleep in a shaded recess of the Dutch burying-
ground in Smyrna, but I love to think of her as living in immortal, unfading
youth, growing ever in the beauty of holiness, forever with the Lord."

Margaret liell united with this church in 1858; graduated at the high
school the next year, and in the summer of 1862 was married to Rev. Henry
Haskell, who was ordained at South Deerfield, the marriage ceremony being
performed at the same time and place.

Prof. Park, of Andover, preached the sermon from the text: " Go ye into
all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Nearly every one
who had any part in the exercises spoke of the young bride, and much wns
said about the influence of a Christian home, especially in Bulgaria, where
Mr. Haskell was to be stationed. This fact probably led the humorous
jtrofessor afterward to say that never before had he known a woman to be so
thoroughly ordained.

After ten years of service, Mr. and Mrs. Haskell returned to America,
partly on account of INIrs. Haskell's mother, who was suffering from a pain-


fill and incurable disease, ■which, not long ago, resulted in her death. !Mr.
Haskell is now pastor of a church in Ilarmer, Oliio.

Mary E. Reynolds became a member of this church in 1852, at the age of
fourteen. Very early in life her attention was called to the foreign mission-
ary work. When only eight years of age she listened to an address upon
India by Dr. Scudder in the First Church. At the close. Dr. Scudder asked
the children present who would like to become missionaries to stand, and
Mary Reynolds was among the few that stood up. The impression tlien
made upon her was never entirely lost. Leaving the high school in 1854,
she was engaged several years in teaching ; but after the death of her
mother in 1858, her desire to enter upon missionary work was greatly
strengthened and intensified, especially as she knew that this had also been
her mother's ardent wish.

Her friends at first objected, on account of her health, fearing that she
was not strong enough for the arduous work ; but when in April, 1863, they
gave their consent, she immediately made application to the American
Board, mentioning Turkey as her preference, although she was willing to be
sent to any station that was thought best.

On the 1st day of May, 1863, as Miss Reynolds was entering the chapel
to attend the preparatory lecture, her pastor. Rev, H. M. Parsons, placed iri
her hand the following telegram from Boston : " We wish Miss Reynolds
to start for Turkey the 30th."

The call was sudden — only four weeks to make preparation for a sojourn
of six years ; but many willing, helping hands accomplished far more thaii
at first seemed possible, and on May 30th Miss Reynolds was on board the
steamer " City of Baltimore," bound for Liverpool.

After a brief sojourn with friends in Constantinople, where she arrived
July 8, " tired with delight and delightfully tired," as she expressed it. Miss
Reynolds continued her journey into Bulgaria, where she found a home in
tiie family of Rev. E. N. Byington, and her work in being the first principal'
of the mission school for Bulgarian girls in Eski Zagra, in European Turkey.

After six years' service Miss Reynolds was compelled to return to America
on account of failing health. In February, 1871, this was so far restored
that she had about decided to go back to Bulgaria, when a severe cold de-
veloped the latent disease, and nothing could retard its progress. Through
much suffering her faith continued bright and strong, until ou the 1st day
of June, 1871, she passed away.

Many letters of condolence and sympatliy came to her friends from her
former pupil:<, the Bulgarian girls, and from the missionaries who had been
associated with her. One of the latter wrote : " Our beloved sister joined
the mission in its early days, during the ' night of toil ' that always precedes
the rising of the Sun of Righteousness. Many were her trials, and arduous
her labors, but the Master gave her great joy as well. Few missionaries
are permitted to see so early, precious and abundant fruit of their labors as
she saw. Her humble, earnest and consistent Christian life was a new rev-
elation to those reared in ignorance of all true and living Christianitj'."


This school for Bulgarian girls was afterward removed to Samakov, a
healthier locality, and is reported as being now in a prosperous condition.

Rev. R. N. Hume and Miss H. D. Sackett were married in tiie old First
Church, West Springfield, on the Sabbath, at the close of the afternoon serv-
ice, March 21, 1839. They sailed from Salem, Mass., April 1, and reached
Bombay August 10 of the same year.

Having previously studied the native language, they commenced mission-
ary work at once. They resided all their missionary life in Bombay.

In 1854 they left for Cape Town, South Africa, in accordance with urgent
medical advice, hoping that the voyage might benefit Mr. Hume, whose
health had failed under continued pressure of work. But he died at sea
Nov. 26, early Sabbath morning, and at 12 o'clock the same day was buried
in the Indian Ocean, about twenty miles off the coast of Natal, just one
week before the vessel reached Cape Town.

Mrs. Hume, with her six children, sailed from Cape Town for Boston, ar-
riving in that city April 20, 1855, and the following September came to
Springfield. After a few months Mrs. Hume united with the First
Church, and afterward the three older children, Sarah, Catharine, and
Hannah, united with the same upon profession. These, with the three
younger children, Robert, Edward, and Isabella, were all members of the
Sunday-school, in which Mrs. Hume was also a teacher.

In 1871 after the family had removed to New Haven, Hannah was taken
to the heavenly home.

The two sons, Robert and Edward, are now missionaries in India, having
taken up the work which their father laid down more than thirty years
ago; and the daughter Sarah, who has been for several years in her brother
Robert's family, has now become a regular missionary of the Woman's Board,
one important item of her work being the establishment of the "Chapin
Home," in which women are taught industrial work and trained for Bible

In a letter dated at New Haven, August 17, 1885, Mrs Hume writes : "The
cause and the dear Master we have tried .to serve, I never tire of talking or
writing about. These are themes that have made my life a joy the last fifty
years, comforting, sustaining, and gladdening my life under great trials and
burdens and disappointments. Few families have been called to such pecul-
iar and severe discipline, but we can all say that the grace of God has been
sufficient for us, and He has never left us nor forsaken us."

Rev. Henry Bruce, another missionary in India, was for several years a
member of the First Church Sunday-school.

Dr. Pease is a native of Granby, Mass., a graduate of Amherst College, a
tutor in the same institution, a medical student, a soldier in the army, a
practicing physician. These items give but a glimpse of the personal history
of Dr. Pease before he came to Springfield in 1870, and united with this

Miss H. A. Sturtevant came to Springfield from Bordentown, N. J., uniting

with the church in 1874. Dr. Pease was married to Miss Sturtevant at Bor-


dentown, N. J., in April, 1877, and in May they were on the way to San
Francisco and Honolulu, whence by the "Morning Star," they sailed for the
Micronesian Islands. IMrs. Pease was not only a member of the First Church,
but the Springfield Branch of the Woman's Board was pledged for her sup-
port, so that in a special sense she was considered "our missionary."

At first stationed at Ebon, the mission school was afterwards transferred
to Kusaie. The friendly king of the island gave Dr. Pease a lease of a tract
of land, large enough for all the purposes of the mission. Should the station
ever be abandoned by the missionaries, the property is to revert to the king.

After constructing a convenient house for his family, Dr. Pease gave him-
self to the work of translating, preparing a dictionary of 3000 words from
books already in use, besides continuing to work on the New Testament till
in May, 1882, the last verse in Revelation was translated.

Mrs. Pease writes : " We have the work in and out of school, both for our-
selves and all about us, systematically arranged as far as it is possible. We
grow more and more interested in the work every year."

They had their holidays, too, Christmas, Thanksgiving-day, and the Fourth
of July, the celebration of whicli their pupils enjoy with as. much zest as if
they were native-born Americans. But no holiday was quite equal to that
in which the " Morning Star " arrived. ]\Irs. Pease writes : " I don't sup-
pose 3'ou can possibly imagine how our thoughts center around the 'Star'
and what she brings to us. The letters contain love and cheer which are in-
dependent of dates. One Christmas card has these lines :

' While you for Christ are working far away,
Most tenderly at home for you we pray.'

I wish I could tell the one who sent it how much we prize this precious help "
At the request of her friends in Springfield, Mrs. Pease has sent, year by
year, a detailed account of her daily life and of matters interesting to her-
self which would not ordinarily be reported to the Board in Boston.

In these graiihic descriptions, Mrs. Pease has. shown us her home on the
beautiful island of Kusaie. Now we are admiring the roses from the home-
land, and the shade trees which have been planted; now, we are listening to
the prattle of her two little boys, who have been sent to brighten their island-
home ; and, again we are watching the regularity of her household arrange-
ments, every hour having its appropriate work ; but no scene excites more
pleasurable emotions than that which presents the native children and youth,
gathered around Mrs. Pease while she plays the organ, and singing in sweet,
plaintive tones, " Saviour, more than life to me," " Whiter than snow,"
and other gospel hymns. But a brighter, a more joyous day is in store for
the natives of Kusaie, when Dr. and Mrs. Pease who are now in this country,
siiall return to them bringing the New Testament, which Dr. Pease has just
completed. Of all these whose names have been mentioned in this brief
sketch, only three, now members of the First Church, remain in the service
of the American Board — Dr. and Mrs, Pease of Micronesia, and Rev. Edwin
E. Bliss of Constantinople. •

^pe:©ifi©atioFi of tfie ^rgaia,

Containing 50 Stops, 2311 Pipes, and 9 Pedal




in Feet Open Diapason, metal, 58 pipes; 16 Feet Quintation, wood, 58 pipes; 8 Feet
Open Diapason, metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet Viola Da Gamba, metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet
Doppel Flote, wood, 58 pipes; 4 Feet Octave, metal, 58 pipes; 4 Feet Flauto
Traverse, wood, 58 pipes; 2 2-3 Feet Twelfth, metal, 58 pipes; 2 Feet Fifteenth,
metal, 58 pipes; 3 Rank Mixture, metal, 174 pipes; 2 Rank Cymbale, metal, IIU
pipes; 8 Feet Trumpet, metal, 58 pipes. Total, 870 pipes.


IG Feet Bourdon Bass, wood; 16 Feet Bourdon Treble, wood, 58 pipes; 8 Feet Open
Diapason, metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet Salicional, metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet ^oline,
metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet Stopped Diapason, wood, 58 pipes; 4 Feet Flute Har-
monique, metal, 58 pipes; 4 Feet Violina, metal, 58 pipes; 2 Feet Flaulino,
metal, 58 pipes; 3 Rank Dolce Cornet, metal, 174 pipes; 8 Feet Cornopean, metal,
58 pipes; 8 Feet Oboe and Bassoon, metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet Vox Humana,
metal, 58 pipes. Total, 812 pipes. '


16 Feet Leiblich Gedacht, wood, 46 pipes; 8 Feet Geigen Principal, metal, 58 pipes;
8 Feet Dulciana, metal, 58 pipes; 8 Feet Melodia, wood, 58 pipes; 4 Feet Flute
d'Amour, wood, 58 pipes; 4 Feet Fugara, metal, 58 pipes; 2 Feet Piccolo, metal,
58 pipes; 8 Feet Clarinet, metal, 46 pipes. Total, 440 pipes.


16 Feet Open Diapason, wood, 27 pipes; 16 Feet Bourdon, wood, 27 pipes;. 16 Feet
Violone, wood, 27 pipes; 16 Feet Trombone, wood and metal, 27 pipes; 10 2-.S
Feet Quint, wood, 27 pipes; 8 Feet Violoncello, metal, 27 pipes; 8 Feet Doppel
Flote, wood, 27 pipes. Total, 189 pipes.


Great to Pedale, Coupler; Swell to Pedale, Coupler; Solo to Pedale, Coupler; Bellows
Signal; Tremulo to Swell; Tremulo to Solo.


Great Manuals to Pneumatic, Coupler; Swell Manuale to Pneumatic, Coupler (Swell
to Great); Swell Manuale to Pneumatic, Coupler (Solo to Great); Swell to Solo,


Forte, Combination Pedal, I. Manuale; Piano, Combination Pedal, I. Manuale; Forte,
Combination Pedal, II. Manuale; Piano, Combination Pedal, II. Manuale; Forte,
Combination Pedal, for Pedal Organ ; Piano, Combination Pedal, for Pedal
Organ. (The above Pedals are operated by Pneumatic power.) Reversible Pedal
to Operate Pedal Coupler, I. Manuale; Adjustable Swell Pedal, II. Manuale;
Adjustable Swell Pedal, III. Manuale; III. Manuale inclosed in a separate Swell
Box, with Independent Pedal.

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