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I just finished reading F. Deauville Walker’s biography of William Carey, pioneer missionary to India. Here is the record of one day in India, reconstructed from his diary in 1806. He rose at a quarter to six, read a chapter from the Hebrew Bible and spent some time in private devotion. At seven the servants came in for family prayers in Bengali, after which, while waiting for his chota (i.e. little breakfast), he spent some time reading Persian with a munshi, and then a portion of Scripture in Hindustani. The moment breakfast was over, he settled down to the translation of the Ramayana from Sanskrit into English. At ten o’clock he went to the college, where his classes and other duties kept him until two p.m. On returning to his lodgings he examined a proofsheet of his Bengali translation of Jeremiah until dinnertime. After this meal, assisted by the chief pundit of the college, he translated most of the…

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