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TRANSLATED CHIEFLY FROM A WORK OF THE LATE
REVEREND AND LEARNED
WITH SOME ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS
BY SAMUEL BAYARD.
PUBLISHED BY WHITING AND WATSON,
For the benefit of the New Jersey
District of New-York, ss: BE
E IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-ninth day of April, in
the thirty-seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America, Whiting and Watson, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: “ A Catechism for Youth, containing a brief but "comprehensive summary of the doctrines and duties of Christianity; " translated chiefly from a work of the late reverend and learned Professor “Osterwald, with some alterations and additions by Samuel Bayard. Re« vised and corrected by a Committee of the General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church in the United States." In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled," an act for the encourage ment of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books,
to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ;” and also to an act entitled an “act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
CHARLES CLINTON, Clerk of the District of New York.
PRINTED BY D. AND G. BRUCE.
SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
THE Reverend JOHN FREDERICK OSTERWALD, the author of the following Catechism, was born at Neufchatel, in the year of our Lord 1663. He received the degree of Master of Arts before he was 16 years of age.
. He afterwards studied at Orleans and Paris. On his return to Neufchatel he was chosen Pastor of the Church at that place. He became very intimate with the Rev. and learned J. A. Turretin, and Samuel Werenfels of Basle. These three were called the triumvirate of Switzerland. Mr. Osterwald acquired the highest reputation by his virtues, his zeal and learning. He attained great eminence as a Professor of Theology in preparing students of Divinity for the pastoral office, and in restoring ecclesiastical discipline. He wrote many books in French -the principal of which are. 1. A Treatise concerning the sources of corruption. 2. A Catechism, or instruction in the Christian religion-which was shortly after its publication translated into three European languages. Prefixed to this is an abridgment of sacred history-which was translated in Arabic, in order to be distributed through the East Indies, at the expense and by direction of the Society in England for propagating the gospel in foreign parts—Mr. Osterwald was admitted into this Society as an honorary member-He also published a treatise on impurity-An edition of
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