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Region: Middle Tennessee
1851 Isabella S. Wallis Slate
Union Academy
Douglass, Williamson Co.

714"V x 934"H © TSS 018
fibers: silk
ground: 24 ct. perforated paper
Isabella (c. 1821-?) was the daughter of Alfred Wallis and Polly W. Hargy. She was teaching needlework at the Union Academy in Williamson Co. when she made this sampler and gave it to her student Mary E. Halfacre (TSS 008). Isabella married Hiram Slate and continued to teach in Bedford County. Her death date is unknown.
Isabella was a fine teacher as well as a fine stitcher. Her neatly executed cross stitches are worked on perforated paper. Her verse conveys her hopes for her student, Mary:

Miss Mary E, let not vain praise,
Entice your heart from wisdom's ways.
Have caution always in your view.
And ask God's help to guide you through.
Lean not on riches as your stay.
For wings they have to fly away.
A partner take to share with you,
Comforts and cares and sorrows too:
Remember child as you decide,
Evil or good will you betide.
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