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Those who know the difficulties to be encountered in writing upon the subject treated of in this book, will charge me with great boldness for the attempt; while those who do not know these difficulties, so far from being able to conceive them, will feel that the field is boundless, the materials abundant, and that nothing could be easier than the making a book satisfactory to every body. One word will sum up the difficulties-the ground is too new. On most other subjects we have the experience and the wisdom of the great and the wise, perhaps of ages. They are matured and registered on the printed page. But to this subject no one mind has devoted its undivided attention and its unwearied energy, with a view to aid others by its investigations. What has been given to the public, has been by men who commenced their labours in the dark, and felt their way along as well as they could, picking up such hints as the periodical press of the day afforded.
This department of benevolent enterprise is nearly tew in the church, and the years of experience which she has had, have been too few to perfect or mature
the system. The reader will find in these pages, not all that he could wish, perhaps not all that he might reasonably expect; but I have done all that I could to aid the Teacher, and more than I should have dared to promise, had I known, when commencing, into what a region of chaos I was about to plunge. Let the reader remember, that if the waters of a new well are somewhat turbid, and have a taste somewhat different from those to which he has been accustomed, they may, nevertheless, be at least equally healthy.
Should the reader find views which do not correspond with his own notions or prejudices, he need not be disappointed. Probably every reader will find more or less of such views; but should he find no hints by which he shall be personally benefited, and the fault be mine, I shall be deeply grieved and disappointed. I have not wished to introduce new theories or schemes, but to embody such hints as I myself greatly needed, when I had the honour of being a Sabbath school teacher.
May He who hath said “feed my lambs" own and bless this effort, and make it an instrument of promoting the salvation of men.
CHAPTER II.-Finst PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION.
trated by the orphan, Want of right habits lamented. Necessary to meet
CHAPTER III.-SUPERINTENDENT.-CHARACTER AND DUTIES.
in an army. Where teachers get power. How Superintendent to be elected.
CHAPTER IV.-QUALIFICATIONS OF A Good TEACHER.
first requisite-decided piety. Testimony of experience. Results of experience
The grandmother. Great and absorbing design of Sabbath Schools. Powerful