The missionaries who came to India learnt the local languages from different parts of the country as it was felt to be necessary to propagate the religion. Justin Abbott was also a missionary. He was born in Portsmouth NH in 1853. His ancestors were nicknamed ‘Abbott’ as they were Christian missionaries for many generations and were abbots. He came in 1857 to Rahuri (Ahmednagar Dist.) and stayed there for next 30 years.
Justin’s literary works include Tukaram, Ramdas and eight editions of Santvijay. He also translated Mahipati’s Bhakta Vijay as Stories of Indian Saints. This covered almost all of the major saints such as Jayadev, Tulsidas, Namdev, Kabir, Dnyandev, Janabai, Chokhamela, Matsyendranath, Gorakhnath and Changdev. As of 2014, 38 editions of the 507-page this English book have been published. Similarly, thirteen editions of the English translation book on the life of Saint Poetess Bahinabai and her Abhangs. Justin’s could not complete some books on this saint’s literary treasure but were later completed by his colleagues. Justin was so fascinated by saintly literature that he continued to study saintly literature until his death. In his later years, Abbott moved to New Jersey, USA. He died there in 1932.