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THE

CATECHIST'S ASSISTANT,

OR A

MOTHER'S OFFERING

TO

PARENTS AND SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHERS;

BEING A PLAIN AND PRACTICAL EXPLANATION

OF THE

Shorter Catechism.

PHILADELPHIA:

JAMES CRISSY, 177, CHESTNUT STREET,

1823,

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Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit:

BE IT REMEMBERED, i hat on the ninth day of December, in the forty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1823, James Crissy, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor in the words following, to wit: “The Catechist's Assistant, or a Mother's Of.

fering to parents and sabbath school teachers; being a plain and practical explanation of

the Shorter Catechism. In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, intituled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned:” and also to an act, entitled, "An act supplementary to an act, entitled An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching, historical and other prints."

D. CALDWELL, Clerk of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

RECOMMENDATIONS.

Philadelphia, Oct. 1st, 1823. I have perused a little manuscript entitled “ The Catechist's Assistant," and' am much pleased with the simplicity, perspicuity and correctness, by which this interesting little manual is distinguished. The sentiments are neatly and handsomely expressed; and as a whole, I believe it to be well calculated for communicating instruction in divine things, and facilitating, to the young and tender mind, the acquisition of that knowledge which is the most important and indispensable. Its publication meets' my cordial approbation.

SAM. B. WYLIE. Having examined pretty carefully, in manuscript, the little work entitled “ The Catechist's Assistant, I cheerfully recommend it, as well adapted to assist those who have the instruction of children in the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly of divines.

ASHBEL GREEN. A manuscript copy of a little work entitled “The Catechist's Assistant,” the subscriber has read with considerable care; the sentiments are pious and sound, well calculated for the instruction of youth in the rudiments of the Christian religion: To parents and Sunday school teachers it may be recommended, as particularly useful. The amiable writer deserves the thanks of all who wish well to the cause of the Redeemer's Kingdom.

GEORGE C. POTTS.

We cheerfully concur in the above recommendation.

J. ARBUCKLE.
WM. M, ENGLES.

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INTRODUCTION.

It is to you, CHRISTIAN MOTHERS, that I offer this little book,

When I became a mother, and reflected that the dear children (dear to me as my own soul) whom I saw prattling around me, were committed to my care, to be trained up

for God and eternity, and that the neglect of this duty might be the means of consigning them to everlasting misery, words can not express my anxiety that the instruction I should give might be of the right kind, and given in the right manner. I looked around for help. I of course taught them our excellent catechism; but was sensible that the words were repeated by them without having made the least impression on their understandings. I would then have given much for such an explanation as I now offer to you. Having however had the advantage of a religious education myself, I was enabled after many attempts to make my children understand, even when quite young, the meaning of the questions which were asked, and the answers

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