N the death of William Carey In 1834 Dr. Joshua Marshman promised to write the Life of his greatcolleague, with whom he had held almost daily converse since the beginning of the century, but hesurvived too short a time to begin the work. In 1836 the Rev. Eustace Carey anticipated him by issu-ing what is little better than a selection of mutilated letters and journals made at the request of the Commit-tee of the Baptist Missionary Society. It contains one passage of value, however. Dr. Carey once said to hisnephew, 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 hegive me credit for being a plodder he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much. I canplod. 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 resid-ence 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 forhis Biography as were to be found in the office, the press, and the college, and among the Native Christiansand Brahman pundits whom he had influenced. In addition to such materials and experience I have been fa- voured with the use of many unpublished letters written by Carey or referring to him; for which courtesy Ihere desire to thank Mrs. S. Carey, South Bank, Red Hill; Frederick George Carey, Esq., LL.B., of Lincoln’sInn; 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 peri-od of nearly a century and a quarter, from 1761 to 1878. They have been written as contributions to that his-tory 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 civilisersof the non-Christian world.