Anna Lavinia French's Copybook

Anna Lavinia French's Copybook

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This copy book was filled by Anna Lavinia French, a female student at Miss C.W. Rowland’s seminary Marshall St, Philadelphia. The copy book has a total of 26 pages and an image of Mount Vernon on the cover. Each page begins a sentence starting with a new letter of the English alphabet following from A to Z. At the bottom of each page the student signs her full name, Anna Lavinia French. She was the daughter of Susanna R. Gorgas French and Samuel French, born circa 1837 in Philadelphia,and would have been about 11 when this was written. She wrote a Centennial Poem in 1876 and died May 6, 1897. The outside back cover of the copy book has a multiplication table and a table of the United States money conversion.
(A PAGE) Anna Lavinia French. A.L. French
(B PAGE) Be obedient to your parents and teachers
(C PAGE) Command you may your mind from play
(D PAGE) Do unto others as you would they should do / unto you
(E PAGE) Esteem not thyself better than others
(F PAGE) Forget not the commandments of the Lord
(G PAGE) God’s perfect law converts the soul
(H PAGE) How many are the ties that bind us to our / home
(I PAGE) I wish you a happy birth day,” try and improve / it well
(J PAGE) Just and righteous is the Lord
(K PAGE) Keep all the commandments of God. K.
(L PAGE) Let all thy converse be sincere
(M PAGE) Make good use of your time
(N PAGE) Now is your time for improvement
(O PAGE) Obedient children are a blessing to their / parents
(P PAGE) Praise God from whom all blessings flow
(Q PAGE) Quell the first risings of anger
(R PAGE) Remember that the eyes of the Lord are in / every place
(S PAGE) Set your affections on things above
(T PAGE) Trust ye in the Lord forever
(U PAGE) Unasked advice be not too prompt to give
(V PAGE) Value and improve your precious time
(W PAGE) Who can say I have made my heart clean I am pure
(X PAGE) Xerxes the great did die and so must you / and I
(Y PAGE) Youth when devoted to the Lord is pleasing / in his eyes
(Z PAGE) Zeno was a stoic philosopher
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Object Name
copy book
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 7 11/16 in x 5 15/16 in; 19.5326 cm x 15.0876 cm
open (flat): 7 11/16 in x 11 15/16 in; 19.5326 cm x 30.3276 cm
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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National Museum of American History
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