The Constitutions of the Presbyterian Church…


The “Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America” contained the Confession of Faith, the Catechisms, the Directory for the Worship of God, and the Plan of Government and Discipline ratified by the Presbyterian General Assembly in May 1805. The booklet was printed by Jane Aitken of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806. The General Assembly ordered an updated confession as a response to unauthorized versions of the Confession of Faith. The Presbyterian Constitution served as the organizing principle behind the Presbyterian Church, and it was an important document for new churches being formed in early America.

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

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Cultures & Communities, Copp Collection


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006867.42Catalog Number: 6867.42Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 4 3/8 in x 7 in x 1 7/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 17.78 cm x 4.7625 cm


Record Id: nmah_1460946

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