Newcomb, H. – The Young Man’s Guide to the Harmonious Development of Christian Character

The Young Man’s Guide to the Harmonious Development of Christian Character

by Harvey Newcomb, 1847

In this 29 chapter book by Newcomb (Congregationalist) presents us with many topics of great importance to our youth. Some of his chapters: Habits, Filial Piety, treatment of brothers and sisters, behavior at school, table, family worship, indolence, finishing what is begun, bad amusements, bad company, on being useful, etc.


1. On Childhood and Youth

2. Nature and Objects of Education

3. Piety, as the Spring of Action, and Regulator of the Soul

4. Filial Piety

5. Treatment of Brothers and Sisters

6. Behavior at School

7. Behavior at Table

8. Behavior at Family Worship

9. Private Prayer

10. Habits

11. Education of the Body

12. On Useful Labor

13. Education of the Heart

14. Education of the Mind

15. Reading

16. Writing

17. Indolence

18. On Doing One Thing at a Time

19. On Finishing What Is Begun

20. Choice of Society, and Formation of Friendships

21. Bad Company. Mischievousness

22. On Amusements

23. Government of the Tongue

24. On the Art of Agreeable and Profitable Conversation

25. Inquisitiveness

26. On the Importance of Being Able to Say “No”

27. On Being Useful

28. On Being Contented

29. Union of Serious Piety with Habitual Cheerfulness




“Who reads a preface?” Many do not; but jump at once into the middle of a book. But it is well to know something about a book, before reading it; and who so likely to give you information respecting the contents of a book as the Author himself? I wish to see the youth of my country come forward upon the stage of life, models of excellence, with characters formed for the times in which they are to act. How much influence my book may have, in securing such a result, I cannot tell; but my design in writing it has been, to contribute something toward forming the character of some of those who are to be our future electors, legislators, governors, judges, ministers, lawyers, and physicians—after the best biblical model. And, from the kind reception of my former attempts to benefit American youth, I trust they will give a candid hearing to the few hints contained in the following pages. It is intended for young gentlemen—in early youth, from eight or ten to fifteen or sixteen years of age. It covers substantially the same ground occupied by a work for girls issued simultaneously with it; and some of the chapters are identical in the two books, while others are entirely different, and some partially so. It is the hope of the Author, that everyone who reads it, will strive to be a Christian man, in the highest sense of the term.


Harvey Newcomb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Harvey Newcomb (September 2, 1803-August 30, 1863) was an American clergyman and writer.


He was born in Thetford, Vermont. He removed to western New York in 1818, engaged in teaching for eight years, and from 1826 till 1831 edited several journals, of which the last was the Christian Herald.

For the ten following years he was engaged in writing and preparing books for the American Sunday School Union. He was licensed to preach in 1840, took charge of a Congregational church in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, and subsequently held other pastorates.

He was an editor of the Boston Traveller in 1849, and in 1850-1 assistant editor of the New York Observer, also preaching in the Park Street mission church of Brooklyn, New York, and in 1859 he became pastor of a church in Hancock, Pennsylvania. He contributed regularly to the Boston Recorder and to the Youth’s Companion, and also to religious journals. He wrote 178 volumes, of which fourteen are on church history, the others being chiefly books for children, including Young Lady’s Guide (New York, 1839); How to be a Man (Boston, 1846); How to be a Lady (1846); and Cyclopedia of Missions (1854; 4th ed., 1856). He also was the author of Manners and Customs of the North American Indians (2 vols., Pittsburgh, 1835).

He died in Brooklyn.

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