A Call to the Unconverted


This published version of Richard Baxter’s A Call to the Unconverted does not have a title page with the publisher or date, but like most of the Copp’s library it likely dated to the mid-18th or early-19th century. The full title of the work was A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live and Accept Of Mercy While Mercy May Be Had, Ever They Will Find Mercy In The Day Of Their Extremity From The Living God. The full title tells of the books main thrust, to convert unbelievers to Baxter’s Puritan Christian beliefs.

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.006867.59Catalog Number: 6867.59Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 3 3/8 in x 5 5/8 in x 1 in; 8.5725 cm x 14.2875 cm x 2.54 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-121e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1460997

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