Only two days later we have mention of the first Baptism in Batala, her future home during so many years. She writes: â€˜A deeply interesting event took place yesterday at Batala; the baptism of a Brahmin, a man in a very influential position, and in Government employ. Dear Sadiq and I believe other Christians went to Batala on Wednesday for the Baptism, which was to be as public as possibleâ€”in a tank.â€™ This was written August 25; and on the 29th she gave more particulars.
TO MRS. HAMILTON.
â€˜But I will be more minute in particulars.... I am not writing of one who wishes to become one of the regular salaried Missionaries of our Society; but of one who has the means to be an Honorary worker. Say he has an income of ï¿¡100. He would find at Batala a home,â€”not a very luxurious one, but quite enough so for a Missionary. His ï¿¡100 would be enough for all his personal wants, unless he travelled much; and he might keep a little horse, unless, like â€”â€”, he preferred spending his extra rupees on something else. He could at once help with English classes, if he chose to do so, and in the meantime learn the language.... If he had a taste for shooting and fishing, he would find means of gratifying it; and if he were a good cricketer, it would add to his influence over our boys. If he had any architectural skill, he would help us to build our church. If he were musical, it would be a great advantage. He might lead a very happy life, and an exceedingly useful one. We are in such want of men; not mere bookworms, but earnest, devoted, bright, active Christians, who can turn their hands to everything, and help to mould the minds of our rising generation. We want more St. Pauls!â€™
The insect which I crush beneath my tread,
TO MISS D. L. TUCKER.