The New England Primer; A Reprint of the Earliest Known Edition, with Many Facsimiles and Reproductions, and an Historical Introduction

The New England Primer; A Reprint of the Earliest Known Edition, with Many Facsimiles and Reproductions, and an Historical Introduction

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...as Cotton History of the Mather termed it--was framed by er Cate" the great Westminster Assembly, which was called together by the Round-Head Parliament and was composed of one hundred and twenty-one clergymen or presbyters, thirty of the laity, chiefly of the nobility, and five special commissioners from Scotland, and Baxter claimed "that the Chris tian world, since the days of the Apostles, never had a Synod of more excellent divines." This assembly met first on July 10, 1643, and dissolved itself on March 3, 1649, having held in the six years no less than eleven hundred and sixty-three sessions. Compared to Herbert's catechism Length and entitled "The Careful Father and ""?' Pious Child" (London, 1648) which loathing, v 1 1 1 contained over twelve hundred questions and answers, the assembly's catechism might well be termed "shorter." As a fact however this title was given merely to distinguish it from the larger catechism put forth by this Assembly, and its one hundred and seven questions, the answers to which ranged in length from eight to one hundred words, made it a nightmare to children. Nor did the elders fail to realize its terrors. Livermore found in a New England court record, a penalty imposed on an apple stealing youngster, that he was to choose whether he would be imprisoned for a stated time, or before the Saturday night ensuing learn and repeat to the magistrate the whole of the catechism. Rev. Heman Humphreys, though a Congregational clergyman and the president of Amherst College, acknowledged that his recollection "accords with the experience of thousands, who like myself, once loathed the Assembly's Catechism,"J and when it is considered that...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236972201
  • 9781236972200