229 – August, 17 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Carey, Dorothy

Heaven’s bright light was her only escape from her torment

William Carey was born on August 17, 1761, and married Dorothy Plackett on June 10, 1781. The bride was five years his senior, and the couple shared a very meager lifestyle, but Carey considered his wife the “gift of God.” She couldn’t read or write however, Dorothy disciplined herself and learned to do both, as her husband studied, preached, and mended shoes to help pay expenses. One can only imagine the shock that Mrs. Carey experienced when her husband announced that God had called him for missionary service in India. Dorothy, along with Carey’s church members, resisted her travel to India because she was expecting a baby. So Carey took the family to stay with Dorothy’s sister at Piddington. However the officials refused to allow Carey and his companion, Dr. Thomas, passage on the English ship. Arrangements were made on a Danish ship, so Mrs. Carey with her one month-old son and three little ones, boarded the ship for the five-month journey to Bengal. The next 13 years of gloom dates from their first year. Money exhausted, Dorothy ill with a severe case of dysentery, her first born son still worse; unable to even afford bread; appalled at their destitution in a strange and friendless land “her brain began to give way.” Again in 1795 the dysentery came back, and her spirit passed into a “permanent gloom.” “Her mental distress had much worsened throughout her last five years…Carey insisted on keeping her under his own compassionate care, till the first week of Dec. 1807 she emerged from the long fearsome tunnel into heavens’ light and peace. Some have been embarrassed that Dorothy Carey died insane in her adopted land of India, but she will ever take her place as a heroine of the faith.”

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 338-39.

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