Deaville Walker’s Biography of William Carey

William Carey: Frontipiece
William Carey: Frontipiece

Walker’s biography of the great missionary pioneer William Carey [1761-1834] is based on the older works by J.C. Marshman (1859) and Eustace Carey (1836)., but adds new material from his own research. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for making a copy of this title available for digitisation. This book is in th public domain.

F. Deaville Walker [1878-1945], William Carey. Missionary Pioneer and Statesman. London: Student Christian Movement, 1926. Hbk. pp.320. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Editorial Note
  • Author’s Preface
  1. Childhood in the Weavers’ Cottage
  2. Boyhood at the Village School
  3. The Shoemaker’s Apprentice
  4. Early Work as a Voluntary Preacher
  5. Moulton and the Missionary Call
  6. Leicester: Days of Trial and Conflict
  7. The Enquiry: Carey’s First Great Achievement
  8. The Formation of the Baptist Missionary Society
  9. Planning the Campaign
  10. Facing the Problems
  11. The Voyage to India
  12. India When Carey Landed
  13. Arrival in India: Dark Days
  14. Into the Wilderness
  15. Mudnabatty – Carey’s Second Apprenticeship
  16. Planning a Forward Movement
  17. A Refuge Under the Danish Flag
  18. A Wonderful Year At Serampore: The Mission Established
  19. Converts, Trials, and Progress
  20. Carey Becomes a College Professor
  21. Service for Humanity
  22. The Greatest Fight of All
  23. The Scriptures in Forty Languages
  24. Founding a College
  25. Sorrow Upon Sorrow
  26. Carey’s Private Life at Serampore
  27. “Not a Single Desire Ungratified”

Index

Author’s Preface

William Carey’s life-work falls into two distinct periods: the English period when, almost singlehanded, he faced and overcame the prevailing indifference and hostility to missionary effort, thought out a well-developed scheme, published his amazing “Enquiry,” and in the end almost compelled timid and hesitating men to form a Society for the evangelization of the world; and the Indian period, during which he put his ideas into practice, developing almost every form of missionary agency, translating the Scriptures into numerous languages, founding a splendid Christian college, and winning the confidence of one Governor-General after another. From being a simple shoemaker and village preacher, this man became so skilled a linguist that at the age of forty he was appointed Professor of Bengali, Sanskrit, and Marathi in the Governor-General’s college in Calcutta-a post he filled with distinction for thirty years…

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