Memoirs of the Rev. Ammi Rogers

Memoirs of the Rev. Ammi Rogers

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Ammi Rogers self-published his Memoirs of the Reverend Ammi Rogers in 1824. As the title page describes, the memoirs detailed “a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, educated at Yale College in Connecticut, ordained in Trinity Church in the City of New York, persecuted in the state of Connecticut on account of religion and politics for almost 20 years—and finally, falsely accused and imprisoned in Norwich gaol for two years on the charge of crimes said to have been committed with a young woman in the town of Griswold, in the County of New-London, when he was not within about one hundred miles of her: and of which he was absolutely innocent as the Judge who pronounced the sentence, or as either of the Jury who declared him guilty, or as any other person in the world.”
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: 1 in x 4 1/4 in x 7 in; 2.54 cm x 10.795 cm x 17.78 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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