Letters on Practical Subjects to a Daughter
Loaded with obvious connections to the book of Proverbs, this wise father and 19th-century pastor skillfully enriches his daughter’s life with letters of guidance.
Beautiful rose-colored cloth bound volume. Covers: friendships, education, reading, conversation, amusement, humility and more.
The reading of W.B. Sprague’s Letters To A Daughter was often attended by the impression that the author was a 19th century Solomon, intent upon imparting to his child wisdom and sanctified common sense much like the Proverbs. As a reader familiar with the Proverbs reads this volume, repeated connections will be easily seen between its practical directives and the inspired wisdom set before Solomon’s children.
- Introductory Letter
- Early Friendships
- Education – General Directions
- Education – Various Branches
- Domestic Economy
- General Reading
- Independence of Mind
- Forming the Manners
- Intercourse with the World
- Forming Religious Sentiments
- Proper Mode of Treating Religious Error
- Practical Religion
- Improvement of Time
- Preparation for Death
About the Author
William Buell Sprague (1795-1876) was an Congregational and Presbyterian minister and compiler of Annals of the American Pulpit (nine volumes, 1857–1869), a comprehensive biographical dictionary of the leading American Protestant Christian pastors during his times.
He was educated at Yale during the Presidency of Timothy Dwight and graduated in 1815. He then went on to study at Princeton Theological Seminary under the tutelage of Dr. Archibald Alexander. His first pastoral call was as the Assistant to Rev. Joseph Lathrop at the Congregational Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1819, and after the Senior Minister’s death there, Sprague stepped into that role and served there nine more years. He later accepted a call to pastor the Second Presbyterian Church of Albany, New York , where he remained for 40 years.
Sprague wrote numerous books, including Letters to Young Men.