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The Arch Bishop of Cambray's Meditations and Soliloquies

The Arch Bishop of Cambray's Meditations and Soliloquies

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This edition of The Archbishop of Cambray's Meditations and Soliloquies, on Various Religious Subjects was published by Abraham Sherman of New-Bedford in June, 1802. The book contained 15 small pieces written by François Fénelon on different aspects of the Catholic faith, such as Advent, Christ’s Nativity, Easter, and the conversion of Paul. It also includes directions for a Holy Life, and a letter concerning religion that is in both English and French on opposite pages. The Catholic treatise is out of place among the reformed theological books of the Copps.
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.
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overall: 4 3/8 in x 7 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 18.415 cm x 1.905 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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