• 'Tis All for the Best

    "Tis All for the Best'Tis All for the Best by Hannah More.

    Mrs. Simpson believed that "the honor of God was dearer to her than her own credit, and her chief desire was to turn all events to his glory." And also "her chief care was to convince herself and others, that however great might be her sufferings, and however little they could be accounted for at present, yet that the Judge of all the earth could not but do right." Betty, her friend, simply gave up hope over tragedies. The moral is to trust in God's providence. An important verse is Psalm 118:23—"This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."

    Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 64 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281284; Pocket Moral Stories

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  • Bear Ye One Another's Burdens & The Strait Gate and the Broad Way

    Bear Ye One Another's Burdens & The Strait Gate and the Broad WayBear Ye One Another's Burdens & The Strait Gate and the Broad Way by Hannah More.

    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

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  • Betty Brown, the St. Giles's Orange Girl

    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

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  • Black Giles the Poacher & Tawny Rachel the Fortune-Teller

    Black Giles the Poacher & Tawny Rachel the Fortune-TellerBlack Giles the Poacher & Tawny Rachel the Fortune-Teller by Hannah More.

    Black Giles taught his children many cunning schemes to beg and steal. He is against education and promotes laziness and bad behavior as a way of life. When they came across widow Brown’s apple tree, their actions had surprising consequences.

    Tawny Rachel, his wife, wormed her way into farmer’s homes and then offered to tell fortunes which she used to cheat them out of their money. Rachel tricked a woman by promising a husband, but Rachel’s own fortune was soon to be known.

    Original title: Black Giles the Poacher: Containing Some Account of a Family Who Had Rather Live by Their Wits Than Their Work. Part 2 - History of Widow Brown’s Apple-Tree.

    Original title: Tawny Rachel: The Fortune-Teller, with Some Account of Dreams, Omens, and Conjurers.

    Paperback 4X6; 112 pages; 3 illustrations; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281864, Vintage Chapbook Series

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  • Parley the Porter

    Parley the PorterParley the Porter by Hannah More.

    This allegory is a tangible portrayal of the subtle fight against evil all Christians must face. The noblemen of the castle warned the servants to protect the castle and keep the robbers outside. Parley the Porter, a night watchman at the castle, was picked by Mr. Flatterwell, a robber, to be his friend. True to his name, Flatterwell plays upon the vanity of Parley. The warning is not to comprise beliefs and the story shows the results if they are trespassed.
    Original title: Parley the Porter, An Allegory, Showing How Robbers without Can Never Get into a House Unless There Are Traitors Within.

    Paperback 4X6; 50 pages; 1 illustration; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281840, Vintage Chapbook Series

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  • The Book of Private Devotion: A Series of Prayers and Meditations

    The Book of Private DevotionThe Book of Private Devotion: A Series of Prayers and Meditations by Hannah More, James Montgomery, Thomas Wilson and others.

    This book is a collection of occasional prayers, devout meditations, sacred poetry and essays on prayer, gathered mostly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Contributors to this anthology include Hannah More, James Montgomery, Thomas Wilson, William Cowper, and many others. Anyone interested in prayer will be edified by this assortment of sacred writings.

    Paperback 6X9, 144 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626497

     
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  • The Cottage Cook & The Sunday School

    The Cottage Cook and the Sunday SchoolThe Cottage Cook & The Sunday School by Hannah More

    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

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  • The History of Hester Wilmot

    The History of Hester WilmotThe History of Hester Wilmot by Hannah More

    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

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  • The History of Mr. Fantom

    The History of Mr. FantomThe History of Mr. Fantom: The New-Fashioned Philosopher and His Man William by Hannah More

    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

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  • The History of Tom White the Postboy

    The History of Tom White the PostboyThe History of Tom White the Postboy by Hannah More.

    Tom White had a Christian upbringing, but left that way of life for three or four years until he had a drunken racing accident. During his recovery he was motivated to seek God again. He had a new job opportunities and was married. He became a model of good behavior and grew successful and respected. The second half, written during the scarcity 1795, gives household advice that by hard work and good management time and money are saved so one can live prosperously.

    Paperback 4X6; 102 pages; 1 illustration; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281871, Vintage Chapbook Series

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  • The Pilgrims

    The PilgrimsThe Pilgrims by Hannah More.

    This allegory is a humorous portrayal of the vain ways people go about their lives. The story exhorts people to keep their mind on their heavenly destination and to prepare for it. “Now, as they knew they were always liable to be called away at an hour’s notice, one would have thought they would have been chiefly employed in packing up, and preparing, and getting everything in order. But this was so far from being the case, that it was almost the only thing which they did not think about.”

    Paperback 4X6; 54 pages; 1 illustration; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281833, Vintage Chapbook Series

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  • The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain

    The Shepherd of Salibury PlainThe Shepherd of Salisbury Plain by Hannah More.

    David Sanders was a shepherd who tended his flocks on Salisbury Plain, England, during the eighteenth century. Mr. Johnson, who was Hannah More's friend Dr. Stonhouse, found him to be an intriguing man of faith because of his humble and peaceful attitude about life, while having modest material wealth. This true narrative was very popular when written and is filled with the thoughtful insights of a simple man with an old family Bible. He delighted in his occupational counterparts like Moses, David and other shepherds. A quote from the book: "It was to shepherds keeping their flocks by night, that the angels appeared in Bethlehem, to tell the best news, the gladdest tidings, that ever were revealed to poor sinful men; often and often has the thought warmed my poor heart in the coldest night, and filled me with more joy and thankfulness than the best supper could have done."

    This edition includes a biography of Hannah More by Henry Johnson, short memoirs of both David Sanders and Dr. Stonhouse, and a letter written by David Sanders. It also includes the short story "'Tis All for the Best," by Hannah More.

    Paperback, 128 pages, 7 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9780981750552; LCCN  2009943382

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  • The Two Shoemakers

    The Two ShoemakersThe Two Shoemakers by Hannah More.

    The lives of two apprentice shoemakers are contrasted. Jack Brown came from a nonreligious family and he was dishonest. James Stock was a religious, honest, and hardworking man. As they worked together in the same shop, the two men faced many decisions. The story illuminates the consequences of both men's lives and extols Christian virtues.

    Paperback, 5.25" X 8", 116 pages, 4 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626053

     
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