Excerpt from The New-England Primer Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English: To Which Is Added the Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism
A Society of ladies was formed in Boston, in the time of Mr. Whitefield, for improvement in personal piety, and to pray for the extension of the Redeemer's Kingdom. The Society met weekly for prayer, "reading some sound and serious book," singing, and other exercises adapted to "spiritual edification." "We also agree," say they, "once a quarter, to spend the day in prayer and other duties of religion, our special errand at the throne of grace to ask for the outpouring of the Spirit of God on us, our families, and the world of mankind." - "Once a quarter, the exercises shall be so shortened, as to have room to ask ourselves the Assembly's Shorter Catechism, that so we may keep in our minds that excellent form of sound words." This edition of the New England Primer, is a reprint and fac-simile of one of those owned and used by that Society.
A community of Boston ladies "of the olden time," enrolling the bright names and embodying the choice influences of the mothers of this Israel - the Masons and the Waterses of hallowed memory - assembled quarterly to refresh their minds from this Primer. The fact needs no comment.
N. B. This statement is from a lady who was a member of the above Society, and from the documents of the Society in her possession.
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