An address delivered before the Boston Sunday School Society: on the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Sunday school institution, at the Federal Street Church, September 14, 1831

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Printed for the Society, 1831 - Sunday schools - 42 pages
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Page 31 - And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Page 14 - The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field : which indeed is the least of all seeds : but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Page 37 - ... and it was in order to excite others to follow the example, that I inserted in my paper the paragraph which I suppose you saw copied into the London papers. I cannot express to you the pleasure I often receive in discovering genius and innate good dispositions, among this little multitude.
Page 36 - ... and walk before her to church, two and two, in as much order as a company of soldiers. I am generally at church, and after service they all come round me to make their bow; and if any animosities have arisen, to make their complaint. The great principle I inculcate...
Page 38 - ... their countrymen from that despotism, which tyrannical passions, and vicious inclinations, exercise over them, and they will find that true liberty and national welfare are more essentially promoted, than by any reform in parliament. " As often as I have attempted to conclude, some new idea has arisen. This is strange, as I am writing to a person whom I never have, and perhaps never may see ; but I have felt that we think alike ; I shall therefore only add my ardent wishes, that your views of...
Page 35 - ... chiefly reside, I was struck with concern at seeing a group of children, wretchedly ragged, at play in the street. I asked an inhabitant whether those children belonged to that part of the town, and lamented their misery and idleness. Ah ! Sir...
Page 36 - But what is yet more extraordinary, within this month, these little ragamuffins have, in great numbers, taken it into their heads to frequent the early morning prayers, which are held every morning at the cathedral, at seven o'clock. I believe there were near fifty this morning.
Page 13 - His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
Page 36 - A woman who lives in a lane where I had fixed a school, told me, some time ago, that the place was quite a heaven upon Sundays compared to what it used to be.
Page 35 - Sabbath they are all given up to follow their own inclinations without restraint, as their parents, totally abandoned themselves, have no idea of instilling into the minds of their children principles to which they themselves are entire strangers.' " This conversation suggested to me that it would be at least a harmless attempt, if it were productive of no good, should some little plan be formed, to check the deplorable profanation of the Sabbath.

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