Children of the Abbey, Vol. II

Children of the Abbey, Vol. II

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Regina Maria Roche’s Children of the Abbey, Volume II was published by Deare & Andrews of New York, in 1805. Roche‘s novel was published in four volumes, and the tale follows trials and tribulations of Oscar and Amanda Fitzalan, the children of an Irish soldier and a wealthy Scottish heiress. The children’s misfortune begins after their mother’s passing when a forged will costs them their inheritance. Amanda is pursued by the lecherous Colonel Belgrave, while pining for Lord Mortimer of Cherbury, her true love. Oscar is in love with beautiful Adela Honeywood, who is married off to the loathsome Colonel Belgrave. Devastated, Oscar leaves the army and ends up in prison. With the help of her grandmother’s ghost, Amanda rediscovers the rightful will written by her grandfather bequeathing the estate to the siblings. At the end of the novel the siblings are reunited with their true loves, while the villains of the novel are punished or killed. Our heroes regain their aristocratic inheritance and live happily ever after.
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 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 7 in; 3.175 cm x 10.795 cm x 17.78 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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