The Christian's Treasure


The Christian’s Treasure Containing Nine Discourses on Relative Duties, and Reasons for Believing the Truth of Divine Revelation was published by Russel Horton of Providence, Rhode Island in 1825. The nine discourses were based on the duties of the following: aged men, aged women, husbands, wives, parents, children to parents, children to each other, superiors, and inferiors. Each discourse was followed by a hymn and a prayer related to the subject of the duties.

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

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Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006868.025Catalog Number: 6868.025Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 4 3/8 in x 7 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 18.415 cm x 3.175 cm


Record Id: nmah_1460940

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