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Written by J.R. Respess   


Children, it is a good thing for you to read the Holy Scriptures. My father made me read them when i was a child, and I remember to this day some things I read I was about six years old. It is true that the reading of the Scriptures will not make you Christians, but it will not do you any harm but good. You learn in them your duty to your parents and the promise of long life in that obedience. Many children have come to the grave through disobedience to their parents. It is much better to read Scriptures than to be reading trashy novels, even if they arc religious novels. Don’t tend such things, children. Religious novels have become very common in this sinful age,—so that a taste for fiction has been cultivated,—and for the most effeminate kind of fiction at that. Don’t read novels of any kind. It is a waste of time and worse than a waste of time; because it is a species of dissipation that will become a habit, and you will soon get so that you will have no relish for solid reading. These trashy, sickly, sentimental tales about some extra good boy or girl —how they got religion and got rich and all such miserable nonsense,—that have been published, and are now being published, will do you no good, but harm to read them. Read the Bible, and good standard works— that is, works by authors of established character—such as Macaulay, Prescott, Baucroft, Milton, etc. And, children, never let any one talk to you disparagingly of your parents; no friend to you or them will do it; remember that only an enemy will do it. And never do any thing that you are unwilling for your parents to know.

Read this, children, and what you do not understand in it, ask your parents to explain it to you. Your parents will delight to explain it to you; and to read the Scriptures to you, and explain to you any thing they can in them. You read them, and when you come to something you do not under stand, ask your parents about it. They don’t care how often you ask them.——R


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