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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by
THE AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington,
UR denominational literature, so rich in most
particulars, has been seriously deficient in books especially adapted for Sunday-school libraries; while it has been extremely difficult to find, outside the denomination, books of a distinctively religious character, unblemished by objectionable theological dogmas.
The Sunday-school Society, desirous of doing something towards remedying this defect, offered, in May, 1867, three premiums, of $100, $50, and $25, respectively, “for the best three manuscripts of books calculated for Unitarian Sunday-school libraries, and adapted to children under ten years of age.” Of course these were designed as a beginning only; the intent being to publish a few choice books each year, till a large and valuable list should be obtained.
In response to the offer, twenty-nine manuscripts were handed in, and carefully read by the committee. Of these, eight were selected as most suitable for the purpose in view, and as possessed of the highest degree of literary excellence, joined with a pure
moral and religious tone. Five have been already published, and have met with the warm approval of those for whose benefit they were specially designed. Their titles are,
WATCHWORDS FOR LITTLE SOLDIERS. By Miss SARAH H. FOSTER, of Portsmouth, N.H. ;
LITTLE SPLENDID'S VACATION. By Mrs. C. W. T. Fry, of Chicago, Ill.;
FORREST MILLS. By Miss Louise M. THURSTON, of Lynn;
FATHER GABRIELLE'S FAIRY. By Mrs. MARY C. PECKHAM, of Providence; and
STORIES FOR Eva. By Miss Anna E. APPLETON, of Reading
Twoʻ more volumes of the series are now published ; viz. :
IN THE CLEARINGS. By Mrs. K. G. WELLS, of Bos
FAITHFUL TO THE LIGHT, AND OTHER TALES. By Mrs. EDNAH D. CHENEY, of Boston.
It is confidently believed that these volumes will be found in all respects equal to those that preceded them, and that they will be warmly welcomed, by both parents and the young, as a valuable addition to our juvenile literature.
AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION,
42, Chauncy Street.