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THE INFANT CLASS.

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MANCHESTER :

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TUBBS & BROOK, 11, MARKET STREET.
LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & co., AND F. PITMAN.

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g 750.

TUBBS & BROOK, PRINTERS, 11, MARKET STREET, MANCHESTER.

PREFACE.

THE following lessons were prepared for the use of

my own children, when they first commenced their duties in a Sunday school, but at the request of several friends, I now give them wider circulation. If success were the criterion by which to judge of their merits, I should have no hesitation in sending them forth; for in each school where my plan has been adopted, the classes have increased in numbers, the children have been interested, and the parents gratified. But I have had no experience in, and have seen little of, any system but my own, nor do I know anything of the work in large schools in our towns and cities; therefore I do not esteem myself a competent judge. One objection I feel assured will be raised, that the lessons are too difficult for very young children, but we usually keep ours in the infant class until the ages of twelve and thirteen. It is true, little ones are constantly added, but they take their seats and for a time are only listeners, the lessons proceeding in their usual course, and by degrees they join, first in the simpler hymns and verses, and then onward until they enter fully into the whole.

I have always found Scripture language attractive to children, and have therefore adopted it almost entirely in the replies to the questions. Having to be repeated very frequently, it becomes fixed in the memory, and though not thoroughly understood at the time, may in

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