American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the collection of Betty Ring (p. 25, fig. 39); Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee: Needlework in the Education of Rhode Island Women, 1730-1830 (fig. 31)
Sally's sampler, closely related to Newport work, is one of the earliest pieces attributed to Mary Balch's school in Providence. It includes the same maxim Mary stitched on her childhood sampler of 1773:
Cato doth say to Old and to Young
The first step to Virtue is bridle the TongUe
Sarah Waterman (1775-1852) was the daughter of Rufus Waterman(1746-1829) and Hannah Sprague (c. 1752-1833) of Providence. She married John Thompson on April 1, 1798; they had two daughters. Sarah's sister Eliza Waterman (1777-1870) worked a remarkably accurate view of the Providence State House in 1788(see ANTIQUES, September 1983, p. 504; also, Sotheby's Important Americana, Sale 5551, January 31, 1987, Lot 1050).
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