A Star of Virginia


A Star of Virginia was a tract published by the American Sunday School Union in 1827. The story was framed as a memoir of Anna Louisa Campbell. Campbell, who died at nine years of age, did not fear death due to her faith in Jesus and the promise of heaven. The book was given to Mary Copp by A. Hinckley for “a token of the praise she merits for attention and good behavior in school.”

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.006875.02.02Catalog Number: 6875.02.02Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 4 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 10.795 cm x 14.605 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-00dc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_307996

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