File:Sampler by Elizabeth Laidman, 1760.jpg

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A mid-eighteenth century English sampler in monochrome, with the alphabet in uppercase (twice) and lowercase (omitting "J", which was then not yet considered a separate letter), some crowns, and the text: Behold the Daughter of / Innocence how beauti-/ful is the mildness of her / Countenence. ELIZ. LAIDMAN / APRIL 1760, where the word-internal "s" is written as "ſ". "U" and "V" are included as separate letters in some of the alphabets, merged in others.
The text is apparently from The Whole Duty of a Woman; or, A Guide to the Female Sex, from the Age of Sixteen to Sixty, &c., first published in 1753, where the author was simply listed as “A Lady.” In fact, the author was William Kenrick (1725?-1779), English novelist, playwright, and founder of the book review digest The London Review. Kenrick was described by Paul Fussell in PMLA (June 1951) as “one of London’s most despised, drunken, and morally degenerate hack writers in the later eighteenth century.”

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