Marshman, Joshua, D.D., was born at Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, April 20, 1768, and educated for the Baptist ministry at the College at Bristol. In Oct. 1799 he joined Dr. Carey at Serampore, India. In 1826 he visited England, and returned to India in 1829. He died at Serampore, Dec. 5, 1837. His translation of Krishnu Pal's hymn is noted at p, 633, ii. In his Baptist Hymn Writers, Portland, U.S.A., Dr. Burrage attributes the original hymn, “Hail, precious book divine" (Holy Scripture) to him, but leaves its date and place of publication unnoted.
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