Thus, to John Gordon, he wrote in 1637: "I desire your children to seek the Lord…. Let them be filled with the Spirit; acquit themselves with daily praying; and with…the good Word of God."
To the Elder Cardoness, he wrote in the same year: "Desire your children, in the morning of their life, to begin and seek the Lord, and to remember their Creator in the days of their youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1), to cleanse their way by taking heed thereto according to God's Word (Psalm 119:9)…. Instruct them in this!"
At the same time, he wrote to his parishioners in Anwoth: "Remember, I forewarned you…. Study to know God and His will, and keep in mind the doctrine of the Catechism, which I taught you carefully – and speak of it in your houses, and in the fields, carefully – and speak of it in your houses, and in the fields, when ye lie down at night, and when ye rise in the morning!" Cf. Deuteronomy 6:6-7.