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Life of William Carey   By: (1833-1919)

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The Life of William Carey, Shoemaker & Missionary

by

George Smith

PREFACE

On the death of William Carey In 1834 Dr. Joshua Marshman promised to write the Life of his great colleague, with whom he had held almost daily converse since the beginning of the century, but he survived too short a time to begin the work. In 1836 the Rev. Eustace Carey anticipated him by issuing what is little better than a selection of mutilated letters and journals made at the request of the Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society. It contains one passage of value, however. Dr. Carey once said to his nephew, whose design he seems to have suspected, "Eustace, if after my removal any one should think it worth his while to write my Life, I will give you a criterion by which you may judge of its correctness. If he give me credit for being a plodder he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything."

In 1859 Mr. John Marshman, after his final return to England, published The Life and Times of Carey, Marshman, and Ward, a valuable history and defence of the Serampore Mission, but rather a biography of his father than of Carey.

When I first went to Serampore the great missionary had not been twenty years dead. During my long residence there as Editor of the Friend of India, I came to know, in most of its details, the nature of the work done by Carey for India and for Christendom in the first third of the century. I began to collect such materials for his Biography as were to be found in the office, the press, and the college, and among the Native Christians and Brahman pundits whom he had influenced. In addition to such materials and experience I have been favoured with the use of many unpublished letters written by Carey or referring to him; for which courtesy I here desire to thank Mrs. S. Carey, South Bank, Red Hill; Frederick George Carey, Esq., LL.B., of Lincoln's Inn; and the Rev. Jonathan P. Carey of Tiverton.

My Biographies of Carey of Serampore, Henry Martyn, Duff of Calcutta, and Wilson of Bombay, cover a period of nearly a century and a quarter, from 1761 to 1878. They have been written as contributions to that history of the Christian Church of India which one of its native sons must some day attempt; and to the history of English speaking peoples, whom the Foreign Missions begun by Carey have made the rulers and civilisers of the non Christian world.

CONTENTS

I. CAREY'S COLLEGE II. THE BIRTH OF ENGLAND'S FOREIGN MISSIONS III. INDIA AS CAREY FOUND IT IV. SIX YEARS IN NORTH BENGAL MISSIONARY AND INDIGO PLANTER V. THE NEW CRUSADE SERAMPORE AND THE BROTHERHOOD VI. THE FIRST NATIVE CONVERTS AND CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS VII. CALCUTTA AND THE MISSION CENTRES FROM DELHI TO AMBOYNA VIII. CAREY'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS IX. PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT, BENGALI, AND MARATHI X. THE WYCLIF OF THE EAST BIBLE TRANSLATION XI. WHAT CAREY DID FOR LITERATURE AND FOR HUMANITY XII. WHAT CAREY DID FOR SCIENCE FOUNDER OF THE AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF INDIA XIII. CAREY'S IMMEDIATE INFLUENCE IN GREAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA XIV. CAREY AS AN EDUCATOR THE FIRST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN THE EAST XV. CAREY'S CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF INDIA XVI. CAREY'S LAST DAYS APPENDIX

LIFE OF WILLIAM CAREY, D.D.

CHAPTER I

CAREY'S COLLEGE

1761 1785

The Heart of England The Weaver Carey who became a Peer, and the weaver who was father of William Carey Early training in Paulerspury Impressions made by him on his sister On his companions and the villagers His experience as son of the parish clerk Apprenticed to a shoemaker of Hackleton Poverty Famous shoemakers from Annianus and Crispin to Hans Sachs and Whittier From Pharisaism to Christ The last shall be first The dissenting preacher in the parish clerk's home He studies Latin, Greek and Hebrew, Dutch and French The cobbler's shed is Carey's College... Continue reading book >>




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