MARY E. VAN LENNEP (1821 - 1844)
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Mary E. Van Lennep graduated from the Hartford Female Seminary in 1838. Her father, the Rev. Joel Hawes, who had studied theology at Andover and was pastor of the First Congregational Church in Hartford, was an advocate of missionary work. After battling a long illness which kept her bedridden through much of 1841, she spent a year teaching Sunday school, and in 1843 married the Rev. Henry J. Van Lennep, a missionary for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Shortly thereafter, she sailed with him and her father to the mission in Smyrna, Turkey. She died of dysentery in Constantinople a year later.
Mrs. Van Lennep’s memoir was compiled by her mother from her journals and correspondence. The preface quotes one of Mrs. Van Lennep’s friends about her character, which she believed made her a model for other young women.