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[Sarah]. An Explanation of the Office for the public Baptism of Infants; and of the Order for the Confirmation of those who are come to the Years of Discretion … London: Printed for T. Longman, and G. G. J. and J. Robinson … and J. Johnson … 1791.

London: Printed for T. Longman, and G. G. J. and J. Robinson … and J. Johnson … 1791

12mo., pp. iv, 43, [1, blank], 23, [1, advertisement of other works lately published by the same author]; a fine copy in original sheep, inscribed on the front free endpaper, ‘Thomas Dowker, Salton [North Yorkshire], Domini 1800’, with the price 1 s.

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[Sarah]. An Explanation of the Office for the public Baptism of Infants; and of the Order for the Confirmation of those who are come to the Years of Discretion … London: Printed for T. Longman, and G. G. J. and J. Robinson … and J. Johnson … 1791.

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First edition, dedicated with the Queen’s permission to the royal princess, Princess Mary. According to the Analytical Review there were two versions of his work with the same imprint, this one (not in ESTC), which sold for 1 s., and one with added catechistical questions for teachers (BL. Bodley, and SMU), which sold for 2 s.

Mrs. Trimmer (1741-1810), one of the founders of the Sunday School movement, is remembered not only for works on education but as a prolific writer of children’s books. Here the explanation of Confirmation is addressed directly to young readers: ‘Through the tender care of your parents and teachers you have been kept out of the way of dangerous temptations … but the time is coming when … you will be called upon, as a soldier of Jesus Christ to fight manfully against the World, the Flesh, and the Devil’.

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