Hingham, Massachusetts, 1820
Worked by 13-year-old Deborah Hearsey in 1820, this praiseworthy sampler features an exemplary verse entitled, “The Source of Happiness,” written by Alexander Pope as part of his Essay on Man, originally published between 1732 and 1734. As stitched on the sampler, the focus is on “peace, health and competence.”
Born on December 11, 1806, Deborah was the daughter of Jeremiah Hearsey (1775-1846) and Deborah (Fearing) Hearsey of the town of Hingham, in Plymouth County, south of Boston. In 1830, she married Amos Bates (1803-1896). He was commissioned captain in an Infantry Company, served in the Massachusetts Senate and, for many years, was President of Hingham Mutual Fire Insurance Company. They had four children born between 1834 and 1843. Deborah died in 1892 and is buried in the Hingham Cemetery.
Deborah embellished her sampler with delicate flower sprigs and branches at the top and wonderful flowers and grape bunches, leaves and tendrils at the bottom. The fine needlework is heightened by the use of crinkled silk and the overall effect is very appealing.
Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a period black painted frame.