The overall composition, color, and condition of this stunning 18th century Salem, MA sampler is remarkable
and pleasing. Mary Abbot, at aged 12, in 1785, probably worked this sampler while a student at Sarah Stivours School
in Salem, MA. The long floating stitches are typical of other samplers from that school. A highly decorative and
elaborate three sided border frames numerals and several alphabets, a poem: STILL IN THE PATHS OF VIRTUE PERSEVERE/
AND NOT FROM PAST OR PRESENT ILLS DESPAIR/ FOR BLESSING ALWAYS WAIT ON VIRTUOUS DEEDS/ AND THO A LATE A SURE REWARD
SCCCEEDS, and the inscription: MARY ABBOT AGED/ 12 MAR 16 - 1785. The bottom section depicts a two-story
house with a widows-walk, trees, flowering motifs, dog, stag, sheep, and various birds, all on a green lawn.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER