April 12, 1850. Adoniram Judson, the first Baptist missionary from the United States, died at sea on a voyage to the Isle of France. He was 62 years old and had been a missionary in Burma for 37 years. ABHS has the original manuscript letters he sent to Baptists in the United States. The mission to Burma was the catalyst that organized people to form mission societies to raise money for mission work. ABHS also has the official records of various foreign missionary societies.