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The Spoiled Child by William C. Brownlee

The Spoiled Child by William C. Brownlee


An authentic narrative of a wealthy, morally upright man that was well respected in his town. When his only son grew to seventeen, he began to see that the boy was spoiled. He lamented his inability to discipline his child as was properly needed. Brownlee speaks of what a spoiled child looks like and what is needed for correction. He points to disrespect for God, wrong associations, no love for church and too much money at their disposal as causes for children to develop bad character. He made a point of how to gain true submission and reverence for parents. The pastor visited the son years later when he is into his adult life, and saw desolation and wretchedness.

The American Tract Society description: The effects of early indulgence, bad company, profusion of money, etc., in a life of intemperance and a premature death.

Paperback 4X6, 82 pages, 1 illustration, ISBN 9781941281895, Vintage Chapbook Series

WILLIAM CRAIG BROWNLEE, (1783(4)–1860), was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland. In 1803 he graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow. In 1807 he married Mariah McDougall in Scotland. In 1808, he went to America, after being licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Sterling. In 1813, he was a pastor at the Associate Scotch Church at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1816, he took charge of the Academy of Queen’s College. In 1819, he went to the Presbyterian Church at Baskingridge, New Jersey. In 1824, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Glasgow. In 1825, he was appointed Professor of Languages in Rutgers College. In 1826, he was the pastor of the Collegiate Reformed Dutch Church in New York City. In 1843, he had a bad attack of paralysis and was disabled. He was the editor of “The Magazine of the Reformed Dutch Church,” and “The American Protestant Vindicator.” He wrote a novel called “The Whigs of Scotland.”

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