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Zilpah Wadsworth sampler, Portland, 1786

Zilpah Wadsworth sampler, Portland, 1786

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Maine Historical Society

Zilpah Wadsworth of Portland, later the mother of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, made this sampler when she was eight years old.

Embroidered onto it are "Zilpah Wadsworth/her Sampler aged 8" and "1786", "Remember now thy Creator/in the days of thy youth."

Samplers often included inspirational phrases.


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