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A very rare York Quaker school sampler by Mary Hesletine 1791.
Rare early Quaker sampler. York School, or York Friends' Girls' School, to give it its full name, opened in 1785. Its founders were prominent Quakers, Esther and William Tuke, who wished to provide an education for the daughters of fellow Quakers. Fees were 14 guineas a year for ‘instruction, board and washing’. The school continues today as an all-girls educational establishment, now known as The Mount School. The verse reads: 'Would'st thou in safety plough th' inconstant tide,The helm let prudence ever watchful guide.She shuns the deep, where mountain-billows roar.And shuns alike the shallows and the shore.' It is the first part of a 12-line poem published in Miscellanies, Moral and Instructive, in Prose and Verse; collected from various authors, for the use of schools, and improvement of young persons of both sexes, compiled by American Quaker poet Milcah Martha Moore (1740-1829). It was first published in Philadelphia in 1787, and re-printed in London the same year.
Mary was born 21.9.1777 to George & Isabell in Aysgarth Yorkshire. A very remote area of the North Yorkshire moors .
Oval cross-stitch sampler, worked in black thread on fine linen, with 'York School' above various Arabic numerals and alphabets, with 4-line stanza below, and the maker's name and date to lower margin, all within a stitched oval border, scattered small holes, occasionally just touching embroidery, 25.3 x 30.3cm (10 x 12ins), oval mount,


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