The Hartford Selection of Hymns


The Hartford Selection of Hymns was published by John Babcock of Hartford, Connecticut in 1799. The hymnal contained 377 songs “from the most approved authors” that were compiled by Nathan Strong, Abel Flint, and Joseph Steward. Rather than a book of one composer’s hymns, this contains a sort of “greatest hits” from hymnists Isaac Watts, Isaac Newton, William Cowper, Philip Doddridge, and John Rippon.

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


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Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006867.58Catalog Number: 6867.58Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 3 1/4 in x 5 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 8.255 cm x 13.6525 cm x 3.4925 cm


Record Id: nmah_1460994

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