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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit:
District Clerk's Office BE it remembered, That on the first day of L.S. November, A. D. 1811, and in the thirty-sixth
year of the Independence of the United States of America, Joseph Emerson of the said district, has de posited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
"The Evangelical Primer, containing a Minor Doctri“nal Catechism; and a Minor Historical Catechism; “to which is added, the Westminster Assembly's “ Shorter Catechism; with short explanatory Notes, “and copious Scripture Proofs and Illustrations. For “the use of Families and Schools. By Joseph Emer
Pastor of a Church in Beverly. Third edition, « With 72 Cuts.” In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An act for the encouragement of learn. ing, 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 a:laut eritiiled, “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 extend. ing the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching, historical and other prints."
WM. S. SHAW,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts
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EXPLANATIONS. In this work colons are used to separate figures referring to chape ters from those referring to verses; as Jokn 5:44 refers to the forty fourth verse of the fifth chapter of John. The reference should be read, John, fifth, forty-fourth; not John, fifth and forty-fourth, as some would read it. Sometimes chapters are referred to without referring to particular verses, as Gen. 45 : and 46: in the latter part of lesson 4, denoting that these chapters contain an account of what Joseph did for his father's family.
Commas are used to separate figures referring to verses from each other; as John 5:1,3,7, 20 refers to the first, third, seventh, and twentieth verses of the fifth chapter of John; and should be read, John fifth, first, third, seventh, twentieth.
The character or the word and is placed before another chap ter of the same book; as John 5.1 15:4 refers to the first verse of the fifth chapter and tourth verse of the fifteenth chapter of John, and may be read, John, fifth, first, and fifteenth, fourtho
A blank line is used to denote intermediate verses, as John 5:34 refers to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh verses of the fifth chapter of John; and should be read, Lohn fifth, third to seventh.
Es, stands for Psalm; Is. for Isaiah.
The cuts or pictures may be easily understood by consulting the scriptures referred to under them
RECOMMENDATIONS. Having been infornied by the Rev. Mr. Emerson of Beverly of kis plan for publishing a book, called the Evangelical Primer, and seen a considerable part of the work, we clieerfully approve both of the design, and, so far as we are acquainted with
it, of the manner, in which it has been executed; and do accordingly recommend the book for the use of Families and Schools.
1809. Timothy Dwight, President of Yale College. Moses Stuart, Pastor of the First Congregational Church in New
W. Hollinshead, one of the Pastors of the Independent or Congre gational Church in Charleston, S. Carolina
ADDRESSED TO THE AUTHOR.
Having carefully attended to the plan and execution of your Evangelical Primer, we cordially approve of both. We consider the two Minor Catechisms as well adapted to convey much usefu instruction to young children, and to prepare their tender ninds for learning and understanding that most excellent system of divinity, which is contained in the Assembly's Shorter Catechism,
and which has been so long, 80 greatly, and so extensively useful in Europe and America. We are clearly ot' opinion, that your Evangelical Primer is the best publication of the kind, which we have seen, that it will have a great tendency to promote the knowledge of some of the most important events as well as of the most important doctrines contained in the Bible, and to guard the i ising generation against the fatal errors, which are so zealously propagated at the present day by the enemies of truth. We sincerely wish that this book may have a free and general circulation, that Families and Schools would make pse of it in formin, the minds of children and youth to virtue and piery, and that you may find all your labor amply rewarded in this guccess of your benevolent design.
Thomas Worcester, Salisbury, N. DI:
This Catechism contains the leading doctrines of the
Bible, expressed in a plain and connected manner.
Note, It is earnestly re- What has God done for commended to teachers of you? He has made me, and this Primer, that they exèrt kept me alive; he has given themselves to make learners me food to eal, and clothes repeat the answers, Sc. dis. to wear, and all other bles. tinctly, deliberately, under sings that I have enjoyed., standingly, solemnly, and in
What is the greatest all respects properly, as pos. thing, that God has ever sible.
done for you and the rest Who made you? God.
of mankind ? He gave his What else did God make? Son Jesus Christ, to die for 1 He made the stones and us, Heb. 2:9. hills, the brooks and trees,
What need was there, all living creatures, the sun,
that Christ should die for moon, and stars, and all you? To atone for my sins. other things.
How have you sinned ? I Of what did God make have not faithfully rememall things ? Of nothing, bered my Creator, to love Heb. 11:3.
him with all my heart, to For whom did God make pray to him, and to keep his all things ? For himself. holy Sabbath ; and I have
How long has God lived? done many other things, Always, without beginning. which he has forbidden.
Where is God? Every• What is the general char. where.
acter of the natural heart? When does God see you? It is enmity against God; it By day and by night; he is deceitful above all things, sees nie, when I do wrong and desperately wicked, Jer and always sees me.
17:9, What does God know? What is meant by the na. He knows all things. If I tell tural heart? It is a heart that a lie, he knows it; if I speak has not been renewed by the an idle or wicked word, he Holy Spirit, John 3:6. hears it. He knows every
What if Christ had not word, that I speak, and died for you and others every thought, that I think. We must have been pun.
ished for all our sins, as we If you were carried to deserve.
heaven, should you be hap. What do you deserve?.I py there! I could not be deserve everlasting destruc. happy even in heaven with. tion in hell.
out being born again, and Will Christ save you from having a new heart. hell? If I repent of my sins, Why could you not be and believe in him, he will happy in heaven without save me from hell, and raise being born again? I should me to heaven.
not love Christ, nor angels, Can Christ raise you to nor saints; and could not heaven? He can; for he is join in the heavenly em. the mighty God, the ever- ployments. lasting Father, Is. 9:6. What proves & change
What kind of a place is of heart! Repentance to heaven? It is a most happy ward God and faith in je place. There is no night sus Christ. there; neither is there any What is true repentance sin, nor death, nor sickness, toward God ? It is to abhor nor pain, nor sorrow, Rev. sin, as committed against 7:16,17.
him ; to abhor myself for Why is there no night sin, and to reform. there. Because Christ, the What is false repentance! sun of righteousnessis there, It is sorrow, arising from and he is the light of heaven. fear of punishment, without
If you go to heaven, what hating sin, company shall you there
What is true faith in Je. enjoy! I shall enjoy the sus Christ? It is humbly re. company of the holy an- ceiving him as my teacher, gels, of glorified saints, and Lord, and Saviour, giving of Christ himself.
myself to him, and trusting How are glorified saints in him alone for salyation. employed? They are em. What is false faith? It is ployed in loving one ano. holding the truths of the ther, in loving the angels, gospel in unrighteousness; and in uniting their hearts or believing that Jesus was and voices in loving, ador- the Son of God, without lov. ing, and praising God and ing him.' It is such a faith the Redeemer.
as the devils have. How long will their bles. What reasons have you to sed employments continue? trust in Christ alone for salForever and ever.
vation? There is salvation in