An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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Old-time Schools and School-books
I in the burying place may see
Graves snorter there than I; From death's arrest no age is free,
Young children too may die. My God, may such an awful sight
Awakening be to me ! Oh ! that by early grace I might
For death prepared be.
Young people may very soon learn that they are dying
creatures. This dy­ing is the parting of the soul from the body, so that the body is left without thought, or motion; being thus left, it soon putrefies and becomes loathsome, so that it is necessary to bury it under ground, out of our sight, where it moulders away to dust. This is the consequence of sin, by reason of which God said to Adam,
Dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return. If man had not sinned, he would have lived for ever.
The backbone of The New England Primer was The Westminster Assembly s Shorter Catechism, which Cotton Mather called a "little watering pot to shed good lessons." He urged writing masters to set sentences from it to be copied by their pupils, and
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