This small booklet contains hand-written passages from other texts, likely to practice spelling, writing, and penmanship. The copied passages come from other books in the Copp’s Collection, including the novel Children of the Abbey and Reverend John Bennett’s Letters to a Young Lady .
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
National Museum of American History
Location: Currently not on view
owner: Copp Family
ID Number: DL.006791.03.012
catalog number: 6791.03.012
accession number: 28810
Physical Description: ink (overall material)
Physical Description: paper (overall material)
Measurements: overall: 1/8 in x 6 3/8 in x 8 1/4 in; .3175 cm x 16.1925 cm x 20.955 cm
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Credit Line: John Brenton Copp
place made: United States: New England
place owned: United States: Connecticut, Stonington