The French Convert

This copy of The French Convert does not have a publisher, author or date, but many printings claim authorship by a French Protestant pastor named D’Auborn, with its earliest publishing date around 1700. The subtitle of the book, Being a True Relation of the Happy Conversion of a Nobel French Lady from the Errors and Superstitions of Popery to the Reformed Religion by means of a Protestant Gardener, her Servant, provides a brief synopsis of the plot. The book is part of the anti-Catholic sentiment in the mostly Protestant Britain and America during the 18th and 19th century that stemmed from England’s Glorious Revolution in 1688 when the Protestant William of Orange overthrew the Catholic James II, and the subsequent battles that followed.
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.
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overall: 6 3/4 in x 4 1/8 in; 17.145 cm x 10.4775 cm
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Copp Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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