Boston: The Congregational Publishing Society, Beacon Street, 1881-1883. Print no binding. [BROADSHEET]. Congregational Sunday-School and Publishing Society, Congregational House, Boston, order list, 1884-5.
[PAMPHLET]. C.L.S.C. 1884-1885, Boston: Congregational S.S. and Publishing Society, 1884.
[MAILING ENVELOPE]. Congregational Sunday-School and Publishing Society, Boston, .
Thirty-five Lesson Papers:
Thirteen Lesson Papers from 1881, Vol. VI: No. 38, Sept. 18, through No. 52, Dec. 25. Lacking No. 39 and 40, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
Thirteen Lesson Papers from 1882, Vol. VII: No. 2, Jan. 8, through No. 25, June 25. Lacking No. 1, Jan. 1; No. 3, Jan. 15; No. 5, Jan. 29; Nos. 12-17, March 19 and 26, and the entire month of April; No. 23 and 24, June 11 and 18.
Six Lesson Papers from 1882, Vol. VIII: No. 14-18, all of October, and No. 23., Dec. 3
Three Lesson Papers from 1883, Vol. IX: No. 30, Jan. 21; and June 17 and 30, lacking Volume or Number identification.
12mo (7 9/16” x 5 3/8”); 30 are bifold sheets, 5 are single sheet; wood-cut illustrations; some with light horizontal fold, light age-toning of paper and a few small closed tears or chips; very good plus. Not found in WorldCat.
Broadsheet order form (8 ¼” x 5 ¼”). Pamphlet: tri-fold with listed classes; Envelope (3 1/8” x 5 ½”). Near fine. Item #1153
Attractively printed little Sunday School papers with decorative masthead of a hiking child on all the bifold sheets, clearly printed large illustrations, and decorative borders. Stories, poems, Bible verses, a brief lesson, and in some a hymn, picture stories, and “Letter to Momma”. Included with the Sunday School papers is a stamped envelope, order form and pamphlet describing The C.L.S.C., The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, home school course offerings, “a college for one’s own house”.
Written by Sara J. Timanus Crafts (1830-1930), an educator, prolific author, hymn writer and strong supporter of Sunday Schools. Along with her husband, Wilbur Fisk Crafts (1850-1922), founder and Superintendent of the International Reform Bureau, they were powerful voices on moral issues of the day including fierce supporters of alcohol and narcotic prohibition, and opposed to Sunday amusements. Wilbur was raised Methodist, by 1880 had become a Congregationalist, and after attending Presbyterian seminary, remained with this denomination for the rest of his life. Whether Sara followed him from the Congregational church is unclear.