Chapbooks are small, cheaply-printed booklets, a format that dates back to at least the 1500s. For several centuries, these were widely purchased and circulated. Their contents were often steeped in folklore and popular religion, and they were an important area of intersection between oral tradition and print culture. Sensational topics sold well, and surviving examples are filled with murder ballads, accounts of ghostly apparitions and visions, descriptions of monsters, warnings of apocalypse, and scandalous rumors. This particular chapbook is the firsthand account of New Hampshire resident Mehetable Churchill, who went into a trance and had visions of heaven and hell. She urges special vigilance against disobeying parents, “…which leads to the commission of every other Sin, lest they plunge their precious and immortal Souls into the Gulph of everlasting Woe.”

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