Youth’s Monitor

Description
This edition of Youth's monitor, or, Histories of the lives of young persons was written by an unknown author with the initials J.R. and published by George W. Mentz in 1815. The 127 page book related 14 histories of young people who looked to the Bible for their guiding principles, while keeping their final destination in mind at all times. Though the author claimed that the stories reflected true histories, they cleaved so closely to the general structure of scriptural morality lessons that it is doubtful they occurred as stated.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 1/2 in x 4 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 1.27 cm x 11.1125 cm x 6.6675 cm
ID Number
DL.006867.07
catalog number
6867.07
accession number
28810
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Cultures & Communities
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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