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a " minor doctrinal catechism, a minor historical catechism," — which however only covered Bible history, — and The Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism with explanatory notes and Scripture proofs and a few hymns. Like all books of its kind it did not fail to set forth the terrors of hell with definiteness and detail, and the closing paragraphs of the doctrinal catechism were these : —
What will be your condition in hell ? I shall be dreadfully tormented. — What company will be there ? Legions of devils, and multitudes of sinners of the human race.
Will company afford me any comfort in hell ? It will not, but will probably increase my woes.
If you should go to hell, how long must you continue there ? For ever and ever.
If you should die in your sins, and God should make you miserable, should you have any reason to complain of him? Not the least. I must be speechless.
A similar book was The Youth's Primer "by Jonathan Fisher, A.M., Minister of the Gospel at Bluehill, Maine, 1817." It contained " a series of short verses in alphabetical order, each followed by
religious, moral, or historical observa-
From a Picture Alphabet in Fisher's A Youth's Primer, 1817.