Pages from History: Fire engulfs missionary William Carey’s print shop in Serampore (1812)

11 March, 1812: Fire engulfs missionary William Carey’s print shop in Serampore, India, destroying his massive polyglot dictionary, two grammar books, sets of type for 14 eastern languages, and whole versions of the Bible.

Undaunted, Carey said, “The loss is heavy, but as traveling a road the second time is usually done with greater ease and certainty than the first time, so I trust the work will lose nothing of real value . . . We are cast down but not in despair.” News of the fire also catapulted Carey to fame, bringing in abundant funds and volunteer labour.

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions; John Brown Myers; London 1887

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions; John Brown Myers; London 1887

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