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Who Are the Happy?

Who Are the Happy?Who Are the Happy? Piety the Only Foundation of True and Substantial Joy by Rev. Jared Waterbury.

Rev. Jared Waterbury declares Biblical living has the greatest effect on happiness. His main point is that joy is found in the presence of God only. He defends religion against opposing views that think religion makes people gloomy. He stresses living a dedicated life and giving up the world’s ways to be happy. As he states: “The object of this treatise is to urge its readers to seek for those attainments in piety which shall be not only a solace under the trials of life, but which shall make their felicity sure, and place it on a foundation which can never be disturbed.”

Paperback 6X9, 124 pages, link, ISBN 9781941281697


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; link; ISBN 9781941281802; Vintage Chapbook Series

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The Child's Book on Repentance

The Child's Book on RepentanceThe Child's Book on Repentance: Designed Also for Older Persons by Thomas H. Gallaudet.

“The book was written to be studied, and reviewed and recited by children of a suitable age, to establish in their minds correct and abiding views of one of the fundamental doctrines of the Gospel.” Written in the format of a mother’s conversation with her children, the topics include different kinds of sorrow, what is sin, selfishness, and free agency. Many examples are given of false repentance and its forms. True repentance requires one to discern motivations, and to adopt the right understanding. Repentance “will be of no use unless it proceeds from a heart-felt sorrow for your sins, as committed against a wise, holy, just and good God. It will be of no use, unless you feel also a sincere reliance on Jesus Christ as your only Savior. It will be of no use, if it is made in your own strength.” The title page states that the book was written for children, but mentions it is “designed also for older persons.”

Paperback 6X9, 124 pages, link, ISBN 9781941281789

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The Rev. Legh Richmond's Letters and Counsels to His Children

Legh Richmond's Letters to His ChildrenThe Rev. Legh Richmond's Letters and Cousels to His Children by Legh Richmond and Fanny Richmond.

Selected from His Memoir and “Domestic Portraiture” with an Account of the Closing Scene of His Life Written by His Daughter Fanny Richmond

Legh Richmond imparts wisdom to his children through letters which include lists of good behavior, topical studies and poems. Amidst the swirl of life with twelve children he pleas for closer relationships and hearts that love God. Occasions like birthdays, marriages, ministry, sickness, and death, add gravity to his sentiments. While his counsel is wisdom for children, his loving caring attitude is a good example for parents. The letter from his daughter Fanny recounts Rev. Richmond’s last days. It reveals a father who left letters in their rooms as the preferred method of communication. Fanny states that he was a sensitive person who had an excellent perception of the beauty of the outdoors. She closed her letter with her hope for his legacy because “the seed of the righteous is not forsaken.”

Paperback 6X9, 138 pages, link, ISBN 9781941281796

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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, link, ISBN  9781941281758, 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, link, ISBN 9781941281765, 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; link; ISBN 9781941281833, 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; link; ISBN 9781941281840, Vintage Chapbook Series

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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; link; ISBN 9781941281857, 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; link; ISBN 9781941281864, Vintage Chapbook Series

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