Notices & Reviews of Juvenile Watchman (1833-1835)

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Announcement. Christian Watchman. 14 (1 March 1833): 35, col 6.

Juvenile Watchman.

hand pointing right The Publisher was long since requested to have a paper for the Young. He has at length determined to propose such an one for patronage, to which he gives the title, “Juvenile Watchman.” Its object shall be to teach children to watch themselves, and not to be offended when they are watched over in love. He will issue a specimen number next week.

Announcement of specimen. Christian Watchman. 14 (8 March 1833): 39, col 1.


We send a specimen No. of our proposed new paper to a part of our subscribers and all in New-England may expect a copy within three or four days.

Notice. Christian Watchman. 14 (3 April 1833): 54, col 6.

Juvenile Watchman.—We would thank those persons who intend subscribing to the Juvenile Watchman to send us their names as soon as they conveniently can, in order that we may know what number to print, as we have concluded to commence the regular publication about the time we stated in the specimen number.

Publication of issue 2. Christian Watchman. 14 (26 April 1833): 67, col 2.

Juvenile Watchman.

The 2d number of this paper is this day issued from the office of the Christian Watchman.

Contents.—The boy who did repent—Jack Hallard—A Beautiful Boy, &c.—Infant Loveliness—How am I to know there is a God, &c.—History of D— H—.—The two Boys who loved to read—The Child’s Spring Song—Mary Lothrop would’nt [sic] do so—Juvenile Correspondence—The News.

Publication of issue 3. Christian Watchman. 14 (3 May 1833): 70, col 6.

Juvenile Watchman.—No. 3.

Contents.—The Pleasant Spring—The First Temptation—The Collier Boy—A Little Deaf and Dumb Boy—The Tithe Boy—Legh Richmond and his Dying Son—Sunday School Anniversaries—Teaching Children—Young Heber, afterwards Bishop—Sorrows of a Rover—Asylum for Boys—Mother, what is Heaven—The News.—Ornamented with Cuts. Price $1 in advance—six copies for $5 in advance.

Publication of issue 4. Christian Watchman. 14 (17 May 1833): 79, col 4.

Juvenile Watchman.—No. 4.

Contents.—The Brook and the Bird—Bishop Heber—Happy Death—The Death of a Child—The Sabbath Breaker silenced—The Ragged Sabbath School Boy—The Presence of God—Sabbath Schools—The Captive of Fancy—History of James R—Robert F—Return of Missionaries—Children of Missionaries—The News.

Publication of issue 23. Christian Watchman. 14 (4 October 1833): 159, col 2.

Juvenile Watchman.
Published weekly at No. 127 Washington street, for $1 a year in advance:—six copies for $5.

Contents of No. 23.—Countess of Suffolk—Perils of Missionaries—The Indian Inquirers—The Folly of Discontent—Influence of Kindness—A Walk on the Sea shore—The Execution of two Sunday Scholars—Streets of Boston—Thunder Storms—The Dominion of the Sun—What’s the use—I Can’t—Lesson from the Bee—Justice—The Almshouse Boy—The way to the Pit—Letter from G. L. H.

Publication of issue 26. Christian Watchman. 14 (11 October 1833): 163, col 2.

Juvenile Watchman.
Published weekly at No. 127 Washington street, for $1 a year in advance:—six copies for $5.

Contents of No. 26.—Temperance Reformation—George and William—The pious child—Letter to children—Hints to little boys and girls—Pride—The Infant Saviour—Virtue—Notice of a book for teachers and pupils—An affecting story—The Fire Fly—Industry and affection—Fishing—On the death of a little child—The two little boys—Narrow Escape—The Flowers—I love my little brother—Perseverance manifested—William Burditt.

Close of volume 1. Christian Watchman. 15 (3 April 1834): 55, col 3.


The first volume of this weekly visitor to the Children in our Christian families will close in two or three weeks. Some of our brethren, whose opinions we respect, have expressed themselves favourably of its merits and utility and have subscribed for it, for the benefit of their families. The patronage, however, has been so small, that the Publisher is almost discouraged in continuing it. He therefore submits a final decision in the matter to his friends; and should a sufficient number of subscribers appear for the next volume, he will cheerfully proceed in its publication. He requests that notices from subscribers, post paid, may be forwarded without delay.

Watchman Office, March 28.

Announcement of volume 2. Christian Watchman. 15 (11 April 1834): 59, col 3.


Almost disheartened with the poor encouragement which this little weekly visitor has received from the public, the Publisher had come to the conclusion in the last week, as he thought, to discontinue its publication, and had written his valedictory. Since then, however, though he has received but few new subscribers, and some have fallen off, he has revised the determination of last week, in the hope that his friends will “strain a nerve" to add to his list of subscribers. If every one who now takes the Juvenile Watchman will obtain an additional subscriber, the encouragement will be adequate to its sustenance. But as some may not even do this, he cherishes the hope that others will obtain their two or three. In advance, the yearly expense is only one dollar.

To give but one speicmen of the feeling in this affair, our readers are here presented with an extract of a letter from an esteemed Baptist minister, who promises to make an effort to increase our subscribers, if the paper is continued. His letter thus remarks:—

“Permit me to say a word in relation to the Juvenile Watchman. I have now taken it almost a year, and have carefully observed its influence upon the mind of my little girl (now 7 years old) and I must say that it has been happy. I presume to say that she would not have derived so much advantage or pleasure from the perusal of ten dollars’ worth of the most choice selection of books. Your paper has been a constant feast to her. When she saw your notice in the last Watchman, her eyes filled with tears, and for a while she was inconsolable. From what I can learn, the paper is exerting the best influence among children; and I do hope it will be supported.”—Juv. Watchman.

Publication of volume 2, issue 6. Christian Watchman. 15 (23 May 1834): 83, col 2.


Price one dollar per annum, in advance, one dollar fifty cents at the close of the year. Five dollars for six copies if paid in advance, and that proportion for a larger number.

Contents.—Catharine Gray; Thankful Little Girls; What it is to obey; The Captive Butterfly—by Miss Gould; Lesson to a Child, on Prayer; A Mother teaching her Child to pray; The Welsh Parents; The Grandmother; A Soldier’s Teacher; The Wise Coachman; The Moth and the King; Dry Arch, under the road to Blacknest, with a plate; Decision of Character; The Torpedo; “What shall I do to be a Christian"; Letter from James; A Generous Act; Deaths, &c.

“Juvenile Watchman.” Youth’s Companion. 8 (17 April 1835): 193.

Juvenile Watchman.

The Juvenile Watchman recently published by Mr. William Nichols, at the office of the Christian Watchman, is discontinued, and Mr. Nichols has kindly recommended to the Subscribers to that paper to take the Youth’s Companion in its stead. We shall accordingly send the Youth’s Companion to those persons who have heretofore taken the Juvenile Watchman—but we are far from intending to obtrude this paper upon them, if they do not wish it. All persons, therefore, who may receive the Youth’s Companion and do not wish to be considered as Subscribers, are requested to write their NAME and place of RESIDENCE on the paper, with the word STOP, and return it by mail to N. Willis, 19 Water-street, Boston. This will save postage. Persons who do not give such notice, in 2 or 3 weeks, will be considered as consenting to become Subscribers to the Youth’s Companion, according to the terms printed on the title page.

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