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THE

SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHER :

DESIGNED TO AID IN

ELEVATING AND PERFECTING

THE

SABBATH SCHOOL SYSTEM.

BY REV. JOHN TODD,
PASTOR OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, PHILADELPHIA :

AUTHOR OF “LECTURES TO CHILDREN,"

"STUDENT'S MANUAL,” ETC.

NORTHAMPTON:
PUBLISHED BY 'J. H. BUT LE R.
PHILADELPHIA: W. MARSHALL & CO.

BUFFALO: T. & M. BUTLER.

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JUL 12 1933

BV/520
.To
1837

HARVARE LANSAAT
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

MONROE C. GUTMAN LIBRARY

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837, by J. H. BUTLER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYFED BY J. FAGAN.....PHILADELPHIA.

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Philadelphia, March 31, 1837. REV. JOHN TODD,

Pastor of First Congregational Church. REVEREND AND DEAR Sir,

By the unanimous vote of the Teachers of your church, I am directed to express to you their grateful acknowledgements for the instruction received from your course of lectures lately delivered to them, and with much earnestness to urge their immediate publication.

I am most happy in being the medium of communicating to you the above request, and respectfully add my own solicitation, that Sabbath School Teachers throughout the world, may possess themselves of this complete system of Christian education, and thus advance the Redeemer's kingdom, by carrying into practice the useful hints contained in your instructive lectures.

I am, Reverend Sir,
Yours, in christian bonds,

M. B. DENMAN,
Superintendent of S. S. 1st Cong. Ch.

PREFACE.

Fadelphia, March 31, 1837.

Teachers of your church, I grateful acknowledgements ur course of lectures lately carnestness to urge their

lium of communicating to ly add my own solicitation, ghout the world, may pos.

stem of Christian educaer's kingdom, by carrying ained in your instructive

Those who know the difficulties to be encountered in writing upon the subject treated of in this book, will charge me with great boldness for the attempt; while those who do not know these difficulties, so far from being able to conceive them, will feel that the field is boundless, the materials abundant, and that nothing could be easier than the making a book satisfactory to every body. One word will sum up the difficulties, the ground is too new. On most other subjects, we have the experience and the wisdom of the great, and the wise, perhaps of ages. They are matured and registered on the printed page. But to this subject no one mind has devoted its undivided attention and its unwearied energy, with a view to aid others by its investigations. What has been given to the public, has been by men who commenced their labors in the dark, and felt their way along as well as they could, picking up such hints as the periodical press of the day afforded.

This department of benevolent enterprise is nearly new in the church, and the years of experience which she has had, have been too few to perfect or mature the system. The reader will find in these pages, not all that he could wish,-perhaps not all that he might reasonably expect;-but I have done all that I could, to aid the Teacher, and more than I should have dared to promise, had I known, when commencing, into what a region of chaos I was about to plunge. Let the reader remember that

onds,

SMAN,

1 of S. S. 1st Cong. Ch.

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