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CATECHISMS,

AND OF THE
Best Manner of Composing them.

By IS AAC WATTS, D. D.
The Fourth Edition Corrected.

Ifa. xxviii. 9, 10. For them that are weaned from

the Milk, and drawn from the Breasts, Precept
must be upon Precept, Line upon Line, bere a litile

and there a little.
1 Cor. xiv. 9. Except ge utter by the Tongue Words

easy to be understood, ye mall speak in the Air.
: Cor. iii. 2. I have fed you with Milk and not

with Meat, for ye were not able to bear it.

· LONDON:
Printed for T. LONGMAN at the Ship in Pater-
Nofter Row; and JAMES BRACKSTONE,

at the Globe in Cornhill. MDCCXLIII.

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Parents and Governors

OF FAMILIES 1 : Belonging to the CONGREGATION which usually afsembles for Worship in BerryStreet, London.

Christian Friends, beloved in our Lord,
NINCĖ you make a folemn Pro-

feffion of ihe Religion of Christ, and

build your Hopes of a Happy Eter. nity upon it, I am well persuaded it is the Defire of your Souls that your Families Jould be trained up in the Practice of the Same Religion, and become Heirs of eternal. Happiness together with yourselves. For

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this End you engage their Attendance on publick Worship ; but your Ministers have little hope of obtaining this End by all their publick Labours, unless you join to asist them with your private Instru&tions and Prayers.

Even when we address our Discourses to the Youny, we can do it but in general Language ; but you have some special Adyantages with regard to thoje of your own House: There are many Opportunities which you may seize to promote this pious Work; many tender Moments of Address wherein you may apply yourselves in a more particular Manner to the Understandings and to the Consciences of your Children, in order to fix the great Doctrines and Duties of Christianity upon their Memory and their Ileart.

I need not inform you, for you are well apfrized of this great Truth, that the Foundation of all Religion is laid in Know. ledge. We must not worship an unknown God, nor pay him Service without Understanding. I presume therefore that you take due Care and Pains to instruct your Children in their early Years in the chief Principles of our holy Religion, and I would hope that while you make them learn that

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or full and comprehensive Form of Instruction Fuel called the Allembly's shorter Catechism, eir you endeavour to inform them of the Meant ing of every Sentence, that they may not id learn Words by rote without knowing what

they mean. Eto And yet I beg leave to enquire of you, ral my Friends, after all your Labours, whe4d- ther you can find that your Children take in -wn the Sense of those Questions and Answers in

ties the Years of Infancy and Childhood, when Eous you impress the Words upon their Memory?

rejs Do they pronounce the Answers in such a La Manner ås tho' they understood the Meannd- ing of them ? May I be permitted yet furbilo ther to enquire concerning yourselves when

you learned this Catechism in your younger zory Years? Did you understand all those Sen

tences and Expressions, when perhaps you could readily repeat them by beart? I am persuaded you have made fome Observations

upon your own Experience, both in learning wn

and in teaching the Things of God: Surely er you are convinced it is far better that Chil. ake dren fhould be instructed in the important

Principles of their Duty and Happiness, in
Yuch a Way, as may lead them to understand
The Words which they learn to pronounce.
Have not many of you often wished for

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