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    William Henry Harrison: Memorial Needlework dated 1841 commemorating the passing of the ninth president of the United States. Harrison mortally contracted pneumonia after a rather lengthy Inaugural address during an unseasonably cold Washington March day. The sampler itself exhibits the alphabet, in both upper and lower case, and numbers along with a cabin and tree. "The Log Cabin Hero Lives no more," embroidered on the left side, refers to the Democratic charge that Harrison would rather "sit in his log cabin drinking hard cider," something the Whig candidate would use to his utmost advantage. The sampler is signed, "MEP" and measures 17.25" x 8.5". It is thought this sampler possibly originates from the Hudson River Valley area as "Rondout," the name of a village that is now part of Kingston, New York, appears next to the lower case alphabet. Some small holes and hard folds with fabric loss were noted, but the main attraction of the cabin, tree and memorial statement remain relatively unmolested after some 165 years.

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    November, 2007
    12th-13th Monday-Tuesday
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