Memoir of Hannah More

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S. G. Arnold’s Memoir of Hannah More was published by T. Mason & G. Lane of New York for the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1839. Hannah More (1745-1833) first became known to the public as a writer, penning poems, plays, and stories in the 1770s. By the 1780s, she had moved on to write religious and moral tales, including treatises against slavery and for female education. Continuing to write about Christian morals in her advancing age, she also established schools in the Bristol area of England. Her moral and Christian character that stressed education made her a popular figure at this time.
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.
Currently not on view
overall: 1 in x 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 9.525 cm x 13.97 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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National Museum of American History


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