The Grounds of a Holy Life


Hugh Turford’s The Grounds of a Holy Life was published by J. Babcock of Hartford, Connecticut in 1800. The 120 page book also contained Paul’s speech to the Bishop of Cretia, as well as homilies on the tests of Christianity. The book was a conversion treatise that described the way that heathens came to be renowned Christians, and how similar sinners may be converted to sainthood with the help of a little preaching.

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.006875.08Catalog Number: 6875.08Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 3 1/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 13.0175 cm x 1.5875 cm


Record Id: nmah_319553

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