HENRIETTA HAMLIN (1811 - 1850)
Born in Dorset, Vermont, and educated at a number of schools including the Female Academy at Andover, Henrietta Hamlin met her future husband in 1837 in Bangor, Maine. Shortly thereafter, she accompanied him to Constantinople, where he had been appointed head of the Armenian seminary. She died in 1850 of influenza, but he continued with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions for another ten years.
Following the death of Mrs. Hamlin, Margarette Woods Lawrence compiled her memoir. Better known by her pen name Meta Lander, Mrs. Lawrence was the daughter of Leonard Woods, the Andover Theological Seminary professor who wrote the first memoir for a woman missionary, the memoir of Harriet Newell. In the several chapters on Mrs. Hamlin’s final illness, Mrs. Lawrence writes about the directions Mrs. Hamlin gave her husband on the spiritual development of the couple’s five daughters: