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considered the success of the work he had engaged in depended upon it. Though no one could feel more tenderly than he did the affliction of his dear relatives, yet the cause of his God was dearer to him. And in this, I think, most of his relatives rejoiced, rather than wished it otherwise, whatever afflictions or privations it caused them to feel.
'It has greatly encouraged me of late, in reading over some of the first letters he sent, to see how he was enabled to act faith on a faithful God; and in how many
instances God has answered his prayers for his own children, and the children of his brother and sister, as well as other relatives; and as for the work he has engaged in, God has far exceeded his desires. He lives to see more than his most sanguine hopes asked for. What a God is our God! May our few remaining days be more devoted to his praise! Whether called to do or suffer, may but the glory of His name be increasingly dear to us!
· In some of our brother's last letters, he expressed great feeling on account of the heavy and long continued afflictions of some of his relatives: and, as soon as it was in his power, he administered to their necessities, his dear partner cheerfully appropriating part of her income to their relief. He did not stand to confer with flesh and blood, and say, I have a family of my own; but still cast them on the care of that God who had so far exceeded all his hopes. May he ever possess the same disinterested spirit!
I have often thought, one cause of the sympathy and long continuance of kindness I have met with, in
my long affliction, was occasioned by the kindness of my parents, to one person in particular, who lay nearly dependent on them for support for a long time. I know God is able to return even to a cup of cold water; and I hope, it is my earnest request, that every instance of care and sympathy shown to me, or any dearer to me than my own life, may be returned by that God who is able to make all
In a subsequent letter Mrs. M. C. adds:
'I forgot to mention that he was always, from his first being thoughtful, remarkably impressed about heathen lands, and the slave-trade. I never remember his engaging in prayer, in his family or in public, without praying for those poor creatures. The first time I ever recollect my feeling for the heathen world, was from a discourse I heard my brother preach at Moulton, the first summer after I was thoughtful. It was from these words: For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake will I give him no rest.' It was a day to be remembered by me; a day set apart for
and fasting by the church. What hath God wrought since that time! What encouragement for earnest and united prayer, that the heavens may pour down righteousness, and the glorious dawn soon open in the splendour of noon.'
Thomas, the brother of Dr. Carey, says:
I only recollect that he was, from a boy, remarkably studious, deeply and fully bent on learning all he could, and always resolutely determined never to give up any point or particle of any thing on which his mind was set, till he had arrived at a clear knowledge and sense of his subject. He was neither diverted from his object by allurements, or driven from the search of it by threats or ridicule. He was firm in his purpose, and steady in his endeavours to improve; of a very strong and retentive memory, and extraordinary genius. Thus much of his character, when a boy I have a perfect recollection of.'
At the request of Mr. Ivimey, Mr. Scott, the respected commentator, supplied the following relation of his acquaintance with Mr. Carey.
· Aston Sandford (Thame),
‘January 31, 1815. Rev. and DEAR SIR,
'I feel myself much gratified with the present you sent me of my highly esteemed friend, Dr. Carey. I have indeed been acquainted with those who instituted and conducted your Missionary Society from the very first; and I have always been a cordial friend to it, though not able to do much in supporting it, beyond my daily prayers, which have not been often omitted. I now think that it bears the palm among Missionary Societies, and I rejoice in the opening prospects of usefulness beyond what its most sanguine friends once expected from it.
'I am glad that you remitted to me the anecdote which you have heard concerning me, respecting Dr. Carey, but do not think it was from Mr. Sutcliff. It is indeed wholly unfounded, not one tittle of truth in it; I therefore hope to stop its circulation.
'I will, however, give you more authentic information concerning my first acquaintance with our beloved and revered friend. In the year 1780, Mr. Newton left Olney; and in 1781, I succeeded to his curacy. Very soon after I walked from Olney to Northampton, to see old Mr. Ryland, and to meet Mr. Hall, of Arnsby, as I recollect. Before this, it pleased God to make me the instrument of conversion to a deaf old widow, in good circumstances, between seventy and eighty: she had attended my ministry some time, though she heard little, and I thought understood less. But when she was confined to her house, and could only hear me when I spoke loud, she
gave such proof of repentance, and faith, and love, that none doubted of a saving change in her, which made way for good to some of her relations. Among other relations she had a sister, or as I think, a brother's widow, named Old, who lived at Hackleton, in the road to Northampton, whom she desired me to call
Her son was a shoemaker, and young Carey was apprentice to him. I believe both the widow and her son were pious persons. When I went into the cottage I was soon recognized, and Mr. Old came in, with a sensible looking lad in his working dress. I at first rather wondered to see him enter, as he seemed young, being, I believe, little of his age. We, however,
entered into very interesting conversation, especially respecting my parishioner, their relative, and the excellent state of her mind, and the wonder of divine grace in the conversion of one who had been so very many years considered as a self-righteous Pharisee. I believe I endeavoured to show that the term was often improperly applied to conscientious but ignorant inquirers, who are far from self-satisfied, and who, when the Gospel is set before them, find the thing which they had long been groping after. However that
may be, I observed the lad who entered with Mr. Old, rivetted in attention with every mark and symptom of intelligence and feeling; saying little, but modestly asking now and then an appropriate question. I took occasion, before I went forward, to inquire after him, and found that, young as he was, he was a member of the church at Hackleton, and looked upon as a very consistent and promising character. I lived at Olney till the end of 1785; and in the course of that time, I called perhaps two or three times each year at Mr. Old's, and was each time more and more struck with the youth's conduct, though I said little; but, before I left Olney, Mr. Carey was out of his engagement with Mr. Old. I found also that he was sent out as a probationary preacher, and preached at Moulton; and I said to all to whom I had access, that he would, if I could judge, prove no ordinary man. Yet, though I often met both old Mr. Ryland, the present Dr. Ryland, Mr. Hall, Mr. Fuller, and knew almost every step taken in forming your Missionary Society, and though I sometimes preached very near Moulton, yet