William Ward's humility and evangelical catholicity

During his visit to England in 1819 and 1820, William Ward spoke at an anniversary meeting of the Baptist Missionary Society and surprised everyone present with the following statement: “Many of you imagine that all the good which has been done in India, has been done by the Baptists; but that is quite a mistake—the most successful Missionary that has yet appeared in India, was Henry Martyn.” ( “Theological Review: An Elegy to the Memory of the late Rev. Henry Martyn; with Smaller Pieces. By John Lawson”, New Evangelical Magazine and Theological Review, 10 [1824], 252-253).

These words endeared Ward to the reviewer who recorded this statement—and to us many years later. They bear witness to a humility and an evangelical catholicity that are both truly admirable.