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August 9

August 9, 1788: American Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson, who during his missions work in Burma translated the Bible into Burmese and wrote the first Burmese-English dictionary, is born in Malden, Massachusetts (see issue 36: William Carey).

August 9, 1883: Robert Moffat, pioneer missionary to southern Africa and inspiration (and father-in-law) to David Livingstone, dies (see issue 56: David Livingstone).

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June 23, 1683: English Quaker William Penn, an advocate of peace and religious toleration, signs a treaty with the American Indians of Pennsylvania. Voltaire said the agreement was the only treaty never sworn to and never broken.

June 23, 1780: American troops, using hymnal pages from the First Presbyterian Church for gun wadding, stops the British advance on Springfield, New Jersey (see issue 50: American Revolution).

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