Divine and Moral Songs for Children

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This version Isaac Watt’s “Divine and Moral Songs for Children” was published by Flagg and Gould of Andover, Massachusetts for the American Tract Society around 1827. The bound quarto belonged to John Howard Copp (1818-1880) when he was nine years old. This is a smaller pamphlet version of Watt’s book that contained about 30 of the original 100 songs. Isaac Watts was a well-known hymn writer of the age, often called the “Father of English Hymnody,” and his most popular hymns are still sung today.
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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Copp, John H.
overall: 7 1/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 18.0975 cm x 11.43 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Copp Collection
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National Museum of American History


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