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THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION,
THE FORM OF A CATECHISM;
DESIGNED FOR THE
USE OF SCHOOLS AND RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTORS.
THE REV. R. BOYS, M. A.
LATE SENIOR CHAPLAIN, AND GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
OF SCHOOLS, AT ST. HELENA.
ROAKE AND VARTY, 31, STRAND.
JOHN THORNTON, Esq.
&c. &c. &c.
The following Treatise, as one of the humblest fruits of his early friendship and patronage, is respectfully inscribed by the Author, who, for a period of more than THIRTY YEARS has uninterruptedly enjoyed the high privilege of his christian regard; and who, for the many, great, and permanent favours conferred upon himself and family, is induced to record his grateful acknowledgment to one whose zealous aim through life has been to advance the best interests of mankind, by encouraging the diffusion of that Christian Knowledge which it is the sole object of this little Treatise to promote.
The principal design of the following catechetical hints is, to assist Teachers in their Instruction of Youth in the Christian Religion. It was originally drawn up for the Author's own use, in the discharge of this duty, whilst superintending the various schools established on the island of St. Helena under the auspices of the Government, in conjunction with a Benevolent Society liberally supported by voluntary contributions. These schools consisted, in 1829, of eight in number, exclusive of the Head School,* and comprised upwards of five hundred children of the lower orders, many of whom were the offspring of slave parents.
In explanation of the Author's motives for reprinting this Treatise, it may be proper to state that the former edition contained many typographical errors, and was little known beyond the island, never having been pub
The Head School is confined to the children of the upper classes, and for many years past has been most ably conducted by Mr. Firmin, whose zealous and efficient services bave been repeatedly noticed by the local Government and the Honourable Court of Directors, and well deserve a
recompense than has unfortunately fallen to his lot, by the recent removal of the government of the island to the Crown.