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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by

FRANCIS HORTON,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

ANDOVER: JOHN D. FLAGG,

STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER.

PREFACE.

It is an agreeable custom of Christian families to devote a portion of Sabbath evening to religious exercises subservient of mutual improvement. No usage perhaps, aside from those of positive divine appointment, has contributed more to the furtherance of individual and social excellence. The reading of Scriptures appropriate to the purpose — the recitation of Catechisms on the part of children — the singing of Hymns and spiritual Songs --- and withal the offering of special prayer for the benediction of Heaven upon the house — are severally serviceable, in an eminent degree, to the great object of training for immortality. How precious is the remembrance of one's youthful home, where such distinguished privileges

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