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Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Pamphlet

Pamphlet, a short literary work consisting of one sheet or a few sheets stitched together, but not bound, sometimes with a paper wrapper. The news-books of the 16th and 17th centuries containing news-ballads and verses on topics of the day were culled pamphlets. Political pamphlets were much commoner than they are now before the development of regular journalism.

“God often bestows temporal prosperities on the wicked, to show how lightly he esteems what the world is so dazzled with; but crosses he reserves for his own, whom he would humble under his Almighty hand, and make them the objects of his delight.”
–Fenelon