Memoirs of the Life and Ministry of the Late Reverend Thomas Spencer of Liverpool

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Thomas Raffles’ Memoirs of the Life and Ministry of the Late Reverend Thomas Spencer of Liverpool was published by Everard Peck in 1815. Attachments include: an Appendix of Thomas Spencer’s papers, a poem about his death by James Montgomery, and a reflection on mortality by Reverend Charles Buck. Spencer drowned on August 5th, 1811 at 20 years of age. Starting at 16 years of age he began preaching, and became immensely popular in the Liverpool area. His skill at preaching and the accompanying popularity explains his memorialization at such a young age.
wThe 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.
Currently not on view
overall: 4 1/2 in x 7 in x 1 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 17.78 cm x 3.81 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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National Museum of American History


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