Anti-Masonic Almanac, 1832


This Anti-Masonic Almanac for the year 1832 was published by William Williams of Utica, New York around 1831. The cover reads “The law is still paralyzed by a hidden agent that continues to prove stronger than the combined force of its machinery and its ministers: the Lodge of this agent has become its sepulcher. There it lies, a spectacle for freemen to look at. In our boasted Republic the blood of an American, who was taken from his home—bound—tortured—tortured—agonized—borne by the conspirators along the high roads with an impudent cavalcade or carriages and horsemen—cast into a fortress over which had floated the sovereign flag of the Union—and at last immolated—by harpies belonging to an organized and powerful institution, who conceal their crime under the horrible delusion of their mystic tie.” This is a reference to the disappearance of William Morgan from his home in Batavia, New York, after he threatened to reveal Freemasonry’s secrets. Believing that the Freemason’s secretly ran society and politics, the Anti-Masonic party was formed in New York in 1828 and ran candidates for public office until it disbanded in 1838.

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.006868.017Catalog Number: 6868.017Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: bookOther Terms: Book; Printed

Measurements: overall: 7 7/8 in x 5 1/8 in; 20.0025 cm x 13.0175 cm


Record Id: nmah_318480

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