The Good-Natured Boy


The Good-Natured Boy was published by J. Babcock & Sons of New Haven, Connecticut in 1825. The story was a moralistic tale, recounting the day of a young boy who gave food to a famished dog, revived a starving horse, and helped a blind man and a beggar. In his time of need all those he had helped came back to lend him hand. A companion tale, The Ill-Natured Boy was often included in collections of stories.

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.006866.09Catalog Number: 6866.09Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 4 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_307991

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