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Eliza Cunningham (1771–1785), was adopted by the Rev. John Newton in 1782. She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Cunningham. Elizabeth was the sister of John Newton’s wife, Mary. Consumption had gripped this 14-year-old niece, but she was a treasure in character. Her father, brother, sister and then her mother had passed away and entered the joy of their Lord. John Newton had taken a special liking to her and gave her much loving care. This account was originally written only for friends, but then published widespread because of demand.
Paperback 4X6, 70 pages, 1 illustration, Look inside at Amazon.com, ISBN 9781941281918, Vintage Chapbook Series
The first part, “Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens,” is about helping your neighbor. All people are portrayed as having a burden but individuals who help each other make their own burden manageable. The “secret packet,” or the black part of the burden, written in indelible ink, is concealed at all cost and gives extra weight to the burden.
The second part, “The Strait Gate and the Broad Way,” is an allegory of the parable of “The Ten Virgins” with their lamps in Matthew 25; cautioning people to be ready. It is combined with the parable of “The Narrow and Broad Gates” of Matthew 7:13, which speaks of not being weighed down with things of this world.
Original title: Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens: The Valley of Tears: A Vision.
The Strait Gate and the Broad Way: Being the Second Part of the Valley of Tears.
Paperback 4X6; 66 pages; 1 illustration; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281857, Vintage Chapbook Series
Mr. Fantom took up studying popular philosophy as a way to “draw public notice and distinguish himself” in society. His mind was filled with vain imaginations and grandiose plans that he espoused at his hangout called the Cat and Bagpipes. However, Mr. Trueman asked him to do good and challenged him to offer simple help to someone nearby. This idea was simply too mundane for such a high minded fellow who was solving the world’s problems, so he did nothing about it. This story unfolds in a tense debate between these two different outlooks.
This chapbook was written to counteract the influences of people such as Thomas Paine, who wrote “Rights of Man” and “Age of Reason” that were widely circulated during this period, in cheap editions, and were regarded as a negative influence.
Paperback 4X6; 92 pages; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281802; Vintage Chapbook Series
Betty was overjoyed when Mrs. Sponge offered to lend her money to start a business selling oranges from a wheelbarrow. True to her name Mrs. Sponge was not so generous. When a good lady saw what was happening, she offered to help Betty. She taught Betty about life, business and Christian habits.
Paperback 4X6, 56 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781941281765, Vintage Chapbook Series
Rebecca Wilmot kept her house spotless for her own vanity’s sake. When her husband was messy, Rebecca would fly out in a terrible passion, and Hester would have to run and hide. Hester saved her shillings for a new gown for the May-day party, but her father had a gambling habit. Hester shines in the end with a good and hopeful heart in the face of adversity.
Paperback 4X6, 80 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781941281772, Vintage Chapbook Series
Full title: The Cottage Cook, Mrs. Jones's cheap dishes: showing the way to do much good with little money.
In The Cottage Cook Mrs. Jones learns that “going about and doing good” would lift her spirits and would cost nothing. She became a good Samaritan and helped keep the village merchants honest. The “cottage cook” set up a school to teach villagers how to save money by cooking at home and other household skills.
In The Sunday School Mrs. Jones explains about her school and details the problems of finding a good school mistress. She exhorts people to read good books and explains the importance of Christian behavior.
Paperback 4X6, 90 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781941281758, Vintage Chapbook Series