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Entered according to Act of Congress. in the year 1853,
BY JOIN P. JEWETT & CO, in the Clerk's Othce of the District Court of the District Massachusetts
The author of this volume is not aware that any book is before the public possessing the character of a family manual. For this reason he has prepared this work, and now offers it to the public, though it is but a tame production for the place it is designed to fill. There are some smaller works which discuss the several relations of the family, but leave out of view the importance of it as the basis of all other institutions, and omit to speak of those Christian ordinances and agencies, which alone can render a household truly prosperous. For this reason several chapters are embraced in the work upon themes which are regarded essential to domestic happiness.
No reason need be assigned for discussing in this volume the several relations of the family, as the conjugal, parental, filial, and fraternal; for these are the prominent themes which belong to such a work.
The first chapter — The Family on Earth, presents the domestic compact as the basis of all other institutions the hope of church and state.
The three chapters upon the Sabbath, the Bible, and Prayer in the Family, are added, because the Scriptures, and the opinions of good people since the advent of Christ, make them necessary in order to secure the Divine blessing upon the household. The family which omits a due regard for either of them, neglects a powerful agency to promote its peace. Neither of them are duly appreciated, nor can their importance be too highly rated.
Death sunders household ties without regard to talent or virtue, hope or love. Hence, the chapter upon Amfictions is added, for consolation.