Letter from Josheph Johnson


This letter from Joseph Johnson to Moses Paul was published in New London, Connecticut on March 29, 1772. Joseph Johnson belonged to the Mohegan tribe, and addressed this open letter to Moses Paul, a fellow Native American who had received the death sentence for drunkenly murdering a stranger. Johnson writes to Paul in an attempt at conversion t, trying to convince him to put his faith in God.

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.006868.022Catalog Number: 6868.022Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: bookletOther Terms: Booklet; Printed

Measurements: overall: 8 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 20.955 cm x 13.335 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-1f99-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_318496

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