A fireplace was often provided to warm the neophytes after immersion.
There was talk in California of the rights of man and neophytes, and of the sins of friars.
In 1826 a beginning toward it was made in partially emancipating the neophytes, but active and thorough secularization of the missions did not begin until 1834; by 1835 it was consummated at sixteen missions out of twenty-one, and by 1840 at all.
It is most probable that this tiny volume was simply a sort of first lesson book for young neophytes when they joined the order.
The writer says that on the strength of the words of John, that " we were to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire," the Simonians maintained that the orthodox baptism was a mere form, and that they had the real baptism, for, as soon as their neophytes went down into the water, a fire appeared on it.