WITHOUT apology I send forth my thoughts
on the great, absorbing question of Chris¬
tian Education in its domestic form, and this I
do with no desire to appear as a literary man,
panting for literary fame; but because it is a duty
laid upon my heart and inspiring all my thoughts
from early manhood to old age.
My book is not designed for instruction in the
common-school, nor the high-school, nor the col¬
lege ; but for the home; not for the recitation
room, but for the nursery and the fireside.
The duty which impels my hand to write this
book, and the love which inspires its sentiments,
is a duty and a love resulting from actual labors
in the school-house, and intensified by close and
extensive observations in the families among
whom it has been my high privilege to sojourn,
both in my native land and in foreign countries.
As for the thoughts, the sentiments, and the prin-