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Lessons for Laura

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Title:
Lessons for Laura
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Metcalf, John, 1788-1864 ( Publisher )
Butler, Jonathan Hunt, 1804 or 5-1878 ( Publisher )
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Northampton [Mass.]
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John Metcalf
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24 p. : ill. ; 14 cm.

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Christian life -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Truthfulness and falsehood -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1840 ( lcsh )
Alphabet books -- 1840 ( rbgenr )
Primers (Instructional books) -- 1840 ( rbgenr )
Chapbooks -- 1840 ( rbgenr )
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Children's stories ( lcsh )
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United States -- Massachusetts -- Northampton
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juvenile ( marctarget )

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"10"--Upper wrapper.
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Imprint on cover: Northampton : J.H. Butler.
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Printed and illustrated green paper wrappers.
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Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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Tue pretty little Squirrel, that
was made you a present of, the oth-
er day, you must take great care of,
and be sure to feed each day. He
loves nuts and will crack them as
well as you can, and, with his little
paws, pick them out very neatly, and
eat them faster than you would sup-
pose. You know they love to be in
. the woods, where they skip from
tree to tree, lively as birds. In some





countries there are many sorts of
squirrels ; such as the flying squirrel,
the ground squirrel, also the red,
gray, and black: but, in England,
there are only the red and gray,
both of which are very pretty, and
have fine bushy tails, which turn
over their backs, and, when they sit



7

upon their hind legs, stand over
their heads like a feather. If you
notice yours, when he eats, you will
see how pretty he looks; but you
must mind, for he will bite; the lit-
tle teeth he has are very sharp, or
he could not, with so much ease,
crack his nuts. Some people put
their squirrels in a cage, with bells
to it, that keeps turning round, so
the poor thing keeps always climb-
ing, but never gets any higher: it is,
surely, rather hard to torment a
pretty creature so, and I cannot
think there can be any pleasure, to
sit and observe an object always mov-
ing in vain. We is not, in that
state, so happy as the poor little dor-
mouse, who goes to sleep and keeps
quiet al] the winter; they generally
find a warm corner, where they get
something as soft as cotton to roll
themselves in, and there lie, secure



8

.
from danger, sleeping for a season,
and do not come out again till fine
weather. Those who keep them in
cages, give them a parcel of fine cot-
ton, that they may make their bed
when they like. I believe you saw
Miss Mary’s dormouse, when it was
asleep, in the winter; you also saw
Miss Kitty’s white mice, which are
now dead: you thought them pretty
little creatures, and wanted some
like them. I did not accord with
your wish, as I know they are a
great deal of trouble to feed and
clean; for all such little beasts, if
they are not kept very nice, are not
pleasant; they are all best in the
woods, where they can enjoy them-
selves, and be free and happy.





Tue other day, my dear Laura,
you asked me to tell you about the
pretty Lambs you saw frisking in the
fields, when you were out for a walk.
They looked so quiet and harmless,
you wanted me to get you one, to
play with at home. But, my dear
child, that would not be a kindness
to the poor creature, for it would
grieve you to have it killed, when it
grew too big to be in the house; for
little lambs, when they grow up, will _
be great sheep, and sheep the butch-
ers kill for us to eat, and when dead,
it is called mutton, which is a meat
you are very fond of, and love dear-

2



10

ly when nicely boiled or roasted.
And a great many of the young and
harmless lambs are killed, and sold
at a great price, as it is ‘a very ten-
der and dainty food. “It will seem
cruel to you, that such pretty crea-
tures as the sheep and lambs are,
should be killed for man’s use, yet
the great and good God designed
them for his food. Weré they all to
live, there would not be grass enough
to feed them; so, when they are in
afat and proper state, they are slain:
their flesh is eaten, their skin dress-
ed, and made into parchment, for
the lawyers toswrite on, and many
other uses. Of the lamb’s skin,
which is thinner and softer, ladies’
gloves are made; and it is often used
instead of kid skins, for the upper
part of ladies’ and children’s shoes.
The wool of both is carded, spun,
and woven into many sorts of useful



Il



clothing; some is wove into broad-
cloth, stuffs, blankets, flannels, and a
great many things, to clothe and
keep the human race warm, who
must allow the poor sheep to be one
of the most useful of the four-footed
tribe. A great number of stockings
are also made of worsted, as are car-
pets; and a great deal of wool ig
spun very fine, for ladies’ works.
Your sister, you know, has lately



12

worked a very elegant footstool for
your aunt, also the pretty rug we
have for the tea-urn, and the great
rug on the drawing-room hearth ;
all the fine worsted she used while
working them was made from the
wool of the poor sheep, dyed to the
colors wanted. Sheep are, once in
each year, shorn of their wool, by
which practice, the owner of a large
flock of sheep makes a great deal of
money. .





13

Wuen we were walking the other
morning, you seemed to very much
adm‘e the handsome Peacock, who
‘vas spreading his gaudy tail to the

/gun: he looked very handsome, but



you must not, my dear child be ta-
ken with outside beauty, for the
peacock is not of half the value of a
common chicken, and were you to
hear him scream, you would wonder
so pretty a bird could make such an
ugly noise. The ducks, the geese,





14

and the chickens, are all much bet-
ter to eat than that fine bird, which
walks about the yard so proudly ;
sometimes the Pea-chicks are killed
when young, but they are not so
white and sweet as a chicken; the
common farm-yard poultry, though
not so handsome to look at, is far
more useful, as we are often very
thankful for a new laid egg at break-
fast. Little boys and girls would of-
ten go without puddings for their



dinners if the hens did not kindly
lay plenty of eggs. I do not know a



15

sight that pleases me more, than a
yard full of fine poultry: the hens
and the chickens, seem so busy,



scratching about for little grubs and
insects, which they are very fond of;
the ducks with the young ducklings,





16

are not happy unless they have a
pond near, where they may swim
about, and dive in the water, for the
insects they like best. It is very
pretty to watch them, and see how
merry they seem, and hear what a
quacking they make, if they happen
to find any fly, or weed that pleases
them: the geese mostly ramble out |



on a forest, if there is one near, but
come home with their goslings at
night to the yard, where they know
they shall get a good supper of corn,
and be safe in a house for the night.
Thus, my dear child, you find, all
birds and beasts soon know where
they are taken good care of and fed,



17

and, though many are killed, to sup-
ply the hunger of man, yet those
who escape, are well fed, and kept
warm, that they may hatch and rear
their young broods.





18

Wuen we were talking, the other
day, my dear, about the pretty lambs
and birds, you asked me where the
fishes lived, and wanted to know



how they walked, as you could not
see any legs they had got. Which
is Very true, for they do not walk;
when they move about, it is called
swimming, and the little fins you ob-
serve on each side of a fish, assist
them in getting forward through the
water. Some -fish live in ponds,
some in rivers, others in lakes, but
the greatest number of fish is in the
sea; all which you may read of,
when youare able to tell all the large
words you will meet with; then you



19

will read with surprise and wonder,
of the great whale, how men goa
great distance inships to catch them,
and what a deal of labor and trouble
it is, to take and kill them; but the
oil their fat yields, well repays the
people who are at the expense of
sending men and ships so far, though



it makes them very happy, when
they return, safe home, with a good
cargo. There are avery great num-
ber of fish in the sea, fit to eat, the
taking of which employs a large
number of people, who go out in



20

boats, and many thousands of men
support themselves, their wives, and
children, by their labor in fishing :
very often they are in their boats on
the water all night. Those people
who live by fishing, mostly have
their huts and cottages near the sea-
side, where, when the wind and
weather will not let them venture
out to sea, they spend their time in
mending their nets, to be ready
when they can go again. You will
be greatly pleased when you can
read the acount of all the fishes,
birds, and beasts, that are in your
sister’s book. You shall read it as
soon as you can, if you are good, and
mind your spelling; therefore, be
careful and attend, call your letters
right, and you will soon be able to
read in books, that will both amuse
and instruct you.



21

You know there are twelve months
in a year, in all which months you
will find some good things are to be
had ; you will like the Summer and
Autumn best, because in them are



most fruits, also peas and beans, in
plenty ; but you will find many good
things to be had, both in Spring and
Winter. I believe you love apples
and walnuts, both of which will keep
the year round, and I have seen you
look much pleased at the sight of a
dish of nice hot roasted chesnuts, at



22

Christmas, when your brothers were
at home from school, and you had all
your cousins to play with you; if



you go on, and improve in reading,
you will find that all the months of
the year produce something or other,
that is good for the support of mortal
man; so wisely has the God of heav-
en made the earth bring forth food
for man and beast, nothing by his
great hand was made in vain. Man,
the creature for whom he provides
so amply, is not half grateful enough
for his goodness and mercy. Too
often the blessings given, are looked





slightly on, because daily and com-
mon; but let your little heart learn,
that you cannot be‘too thankful for
the good things you have ; for neith-
er meat, clothes, nor bed to rest on,
could you have, without God’s mer-
cy to your parents, in showing them
the honest and upright way of get-
ting money, wherewith to buy you
food, and what is needful for your
health and comfort. Always think
of this, my dear, and you will be



24

afraid to offend him by naughty con-
duct, such as telling falsehoods,
which are lies ; taking any thing that
is not yours, which is stealing; or
by wilfully hurting any person, beast,
bird, or insect ; for none, who pos-
sess good and feeling hearts, will in-
jure any thing God has made.












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LESSONS POR BAUVBAa



Tue pretty little Squirrel, that
was made you a present of, the oth-
er day, you must take great care of,
and be sure to feed each day. He
loves nuts and will crack them as
well as you can, and, with his little
paws, pick them out very neatly, and
eat them faster than you would sup-
pose. You know they love to be in
. the woods, where they skip from
tree to tree, lively as birds. In some


countries there are many sorts of
squirrels ; such as the flying squirrel,
the ground squirrel, also the red,
gray, and black: but, in England,
there are only the red and gray,
both of which are very pretty, and
have fine bushy tails, which turn
over their backs, and, when they sit
7

upon their hind legs, stand over
their heads like a feather. If you
notice yours, when he eats, you will
see how pretty he looks; but you
must mind, for he will bite; the lit-
tle teeth he has are very sharp, or
he could not, with so much ease,
crack his nuts. Some people put
their squirrels in a cage, with bells
to it, that keeps turning round, so
the poor thing keeps always climb-
ing, but never gets any higher: it is,
surely, rather hard to torment a
pretty creature so, and I cannot
think there can be any pleasure, to
sit and observe an object always mov-
ing in vain. We is not, in that
state, so happy as the poor little dor-
mouse, who goes to sleep and keeps
quiet al] the winter; they generally
find a warm corner, where they get
something as soft as cotton to roll
themselves in, and there lie, secure
8

.
from danger, sleeping for a season,
and do not come out again till fine
weather. Those who keep them in
cages, give them a parcel of fine cot-
ton, that they may make their bed
when they like. I believe you saw
Miss Mary’s dormouse, when it was
asleep, in the winter; you also saw
Miss Kitty’s white mice, which are
now dead: you thought them pretty
little creatures, and wanted some
like them. I did not accord with
your wish, as I know they are a
great deal of trouble to feed and
clean; for all such little beasts, if
they are not kept very nice, are not
pleasant; they are all best in the
woods, where they can enjoy them-
selves, and be free and happy.


Tue other day, my dear Laura,
you asked me to tell you about the
pretty Lambs you saw frisking in the
fields, when you were out for a walk.
They looked so quiet and harmless,
you wanted me to get you one, to
play with at home. But, my dear
child, that would not be a kindness
to the poor creature, for it would
grieve you to have it killed, when it
grew too big to be in the house; for
little lambs, when they grow up, will _
be great sheep, and sheep the butch-
ers kill for us to eat, and when dead,
it is called mutton, which is a meat
you are very fond of, and love dear-

2
10

ly when nicely boiled or roasted.
And a great many of the young and
harmless lambs are killed, and sold
at a great price, as it is ‘a very ten-
der and dainty food. “It will seem
cruel to you, that such pretty crea-
tures as the sheep and lambs are,
should be killed for man’s use, yet
the great and good God designed
them for his food. Weré they all to
live, there would not be grass enough
to feed them; so, when they are in
afat and proper state, they are slain:
their flesh is eaten, their skin dress-
ed, and made into parchment, for
the lawyers toswrite on, and many
other uses. Of the lamb’s skin,
which is thinner and softer, ladies’
gloves are made; and it is often used
instead of kid skins, for the upper
part of ladies’ and children’s shoes.
The wool of both is carded, spun,
and woven into many sorts of useful
Il



clothing; some is wove into broad-
cloth, stuffs, blankets, flannels, and a
great many things, to clothe and
keep the human race warm, who
must allow the poor sheep to be one
of the most useful of the four-footed
tribe. A great number of stockings
are also made of worsted, as are car-
pets; and a great deal of wool ig
spun very fine, for ladies’ works.
Your sister, you know, has lately
12

worked a very elegant footstool for
your aunt, also the pretty rug we
have for the tea-urn, and the great
rug on the drawing-room hearth ;
all the fine worsted she used while
working them was made from the
wool of the poor sheep, dyed to the
colors wanted. Sheep are, once in
each year, shorn of their wool, by
which practice, the owner of a large
flock of sheep makes a great deal of
money. .


13

Wuen we were walking the other
morning, you seemed to very much
adm‘e the handsome Peacock, who
‘vas spreading his gaudy tail to the

/gun: he looked very handsome, but



you must not, my dear child be ta-
ken with outside beauty, for the
peacock is not of half the value of a
common chicken, and were you to
hear him scream, you would wonder
so pretty a bird could make such an
ugly noise. The ducks, the geese,


14

and the chickens, are all much bet-
ter to eat than that fine bird, which
walks about the yard so proudly ;
sometimes the Pea-chicks are killed
when young, but they are not so
white and sweet as a chicken; the
common farm-yard poultry, though
not so handsome to look at, is far
more useful, as we are often very
thankful for a new laid egg at break-
fast. Little boys and girls would of-
ten go without puddings for their



dinners if the hens did not kindly
lay plenty of eggs. I do not know a
15

sight that pleases me more, than a
yard full of fine poultry: the hens
and the chickens, seem so busy,



scratching about for little grubs and
insects, which they are very fond of;
the ducks with the young ducklings,


16

are not happy unless they have a
pond near, where they may swim
about, and dive in the water, for the
insects they like best. It is very
pretty to watch them, and see how
merry they seem, and hear what a
quacking they make, if they happen
to find any fly, or weed that pleases
them: the geese mostly ramble out |



on a forest, if there is one near, but
come home with their goslings at
night to the yard, where they know
they shall get a good supper of corn,
and be safe in a house for the night.
Thus, my dear child, you find, all
birds and beasts soon know where
they are taken good care of and fed,
17

and, though many are killed, to sup-
ply the hunger of man, yet those
who escape, are well fed, and kept
warm, that they may hatch and rear
their young broods.


18

Wuen we were talking, the other
day, my dear, about the pretty lambs
and birds, you asked me where the
fishes lived, and wanted to know



how they walked, as you could not
see any legs they had got. Which
is Very true, for they do not walk;
when they move about, it is called
swimming, and the little fins you ob-
serve on each side of a fish, assist
them in getting forward through the
water. Some -fish live in ponds,
some in rivers, others in lakes, but
the greatest number of fish is in the
sea; all which you may read of,
when youare able to tell all the large
words you will meet with; then you
19

will read with surprise and wonder,
of the great whale, how men goa
great distance inships to catch them,
and what a deal of labor and trouble
it is, to take and kill them; but the
oil their fat yields, well repays the
people who are at the expense of
sending men and ships so far, though



it makes them very happy, when
they return, safe home, with a good
cargo. There are avery great num-
ber of fish in the sea, fit to eat, the
taking of which employs a large
number of people, who go out in
20

boats, and many thousands of men
support themselves, their wives, and
children, by their labor in fishing :
very often they are in their boats on
the water all night. Those people
who live by fishing, mostly have
their huts and cottages near the sea-
side, where, when the wind and
weather will not let them venture
out to sea, they spend their time in
mending their nets, to be ready
when they can go again. You will
be greatly pleased when you can
read the acount of all the fishes,
birds, and beasts, that are in your
sister’s book. You shall read it as
soon as you can, if you are good, and
mind your spelling; therefore, be
careful and attend, call your letters
right, and you will soon be able to
read in books, that will both amuse
and instruct you.
21

You know there are twelve months
in a year, in all which months you
will find some good things are to be
had ; you will like the Summer and
Autumn best, because in them are



most fruits, also peas and beans, in
plenty ; but you will find many good
things to be had, both in Spring and
Winter. I believe you love apples
and walnuts, both of which will keep
the year round, and I have seen you
look much pleased at the sight of a
dish of nice hot roasted chesnuts, at
22

Christmas, when your brothers were
at home from school, and you had all
your cousins to play with you; if



you go on, and improve in reading,
you will find that all the months of
the year produce something or other,
that is good for the support of mortal
man; so wisely has the God of heav-
en made the earth bring forth food
for man and beast, nothing by his
great hand was made in vain. Man,
the creature for whom he provides
so amply, is not half grateful enough
for his goodness and mercy. Too
often the blessings given, are looked


slightly on, because daily and com-
mon; but let your little heart learn,
that you cannot be‘too thankful for
the good things you have ; for neith-
er meat, clothes, nor bed to rest on,
could you have, without God’s mer-
cy to your parents, in showing them
the honest and upright way of get-
ting money, wherewith to buy you
food, and what is needful for your
health and comfort. Always think
of this, my dear, and you will be
24

afraid to offend him by naughty con-
duct, such as telling falsehoods,
which are lies ; taking any thing that
is not yours, which is stealing; or
by wilfully hurting any person, beast,
bird, or insect ; for none, who pos-
sess good and feeling hearts, will in-
jure any thing God has made.






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