The river runs just before our gate, in front of the house, and, I think, is as wide as the Thames at Gravesend. We intended to have baptized at nine in the morning; but, on account of the tide, were obliged to defer it till nearly one o'clock, and it was administered just after the English preaching. The governor and a good number of Europeans were present. Brother Ward preached a sermon in English, from John v, 39: 'Search the Scriptures.' We then went to the water side, where I addressed the people in Bengali; after having sung a Bengali translation of
'Jesus, and shall it ever be,'
and engaging in prayer. After the address, I administered the ordinance, first to my son, then to Krishnu.
[From Eustace Carey, Memoir of William Carey, D. D.: Late Missionary to Bengali . . ., 1837, p. 337.]
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