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THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER
 Speaking of these little sober-faced children of the
colonial times, reminds me of the queer
little books from which they learned to read.
I wish you could see one I have. It
is very, very old now, its leaves are all yellow
and musty, and I fear that before long
they will fall in pieces like an old dead leaf.
It is a little square book with blue paper
covers, on which is an odd looking picture
of two children kneeling to say their prayers. In the book
are several little verses and hymns and prayers, a long list
of questions and
answers from the Bible, the ten commandments,
and then some odd little verses, with
pictures which are odder still. On the opposite
page are a few
of them, which I am sure
you will say are very funny.