1740 Sampler by Margaret Downing. Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and glass. Mounted to conservator standards on acid free card with chipboard backing. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in cross stitch throughout. Divider lines in various patterns. Colours green, cream, blue, pink, light green and yellow. Alphabets A-Z in upper case and lower case and numbers 1-10. Inscription reads ‘IF YOU Know Christ You need no littl> more IF not ALLS ???? ThAt you Ha> ve Larnt BeFore’. Verses read ‘Balaam Desires This mortaL Life To> Leave With comforts such as Right>Ous men Receive A noble Wish But> somethinGS Understood To die Like> Those our LiFe must First Be Good’ and ‘Do not condemn my soul O Lord But> For Thy mercy sake Which is Both ???> And PlentiFul some Pity on me Take> Farewell poor World I must Be Gone> Thou All no Home no Rest Fot me ILL> take my staFF And Travel on TiLL I > A Better World may see’ and ‘ If you Desire To Woship God A Right> First In The Morning Pray And Last> At night crave For His BLessinG on> Your Labours ALL And In Distress> For His Assistance Call’ and ‘Oh That The sons OF men would once Be ??? And learn Eternal Happiness To Prize’. Signed and dated ‘Margaret Dowinng In her 9 Year 1740’. A scattering of motifs, including crowns and diamonds.