The New England Primer 71
below is the earliest mention that has been discovered of a primer with that name. It is from a Boston "Almanack for the year of the Chriftian Empire, 1691."
The Earliest Mention known of The New England Primer. From Newman's News from the Stars- Boston, 1690.
This Harris had formerly been a printer in London where he brought out many tracts and broadsides of a religious or political character. He was a man of considerable enterprise and ingenuity and wrote both in verse and prose much of what he printed. In 1681 a " Protestant Petition " he put forth got him into trouble with the government, which at that time was inclined toward Catholicism, and he was fined five hundred pounds and condemned to stand in the pillory. This apparently ruined his business, and we hear no more of him till 1686, when he arrived in Boston and became the proprietor of a book and coffee shop. Soon he was publishing pamphlets and circulars, and among