Who Fares Best? The Christian or the Man of the World?


This edition of Colonel Andrew Burn’s Who Fares Best? The Christian or the Man of the World? was published by Bradford & Read of Boston, Massachusetts in 1816. Andrew Burn was serving in the Royal Marines when he penned this dialogue between Horatio and Eugenio in 1789. Burn eventually rose to the rank of Major General by his death in 1814. The book was meant to portray the virtues of living a Christian life of piety when compared to a life of fashionable dispensation.

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.006867.06Catalog Number: 6867.06Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 6 3/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 16.1925 cm x 10.795 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-f98d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_308000

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