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Elizabeth Murray, Boston Evening-Post , 12 March 1753, "Advertisement." Courtesy, American Antiquarian Society

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Elizabeth Murray, Advertisement

As she did in 1751, Elizabeth Murray advertised lessons in embroidery as well as the availability of room and board. In the early 1750s, her business was not a resounding success, and she struggled to become self sufficient. Her advertisements may have prompted the parents of ten-year-old Faith Trumbull to send their daughter to Murray for embroidery lessons in the summer of 1753. Faith created beautiful pictorial embroidery pieces which survive today.

A few years later, in 1757, Elizabeth sent her niece Dolly to study needlework with Jannette Day, a newcomer from Scotland. Her shop had become so busy that she did not have the time to instruct Dolly fully.

On embroidery styles, see Betty Ring, Girlhood Embroidery: American Samples and Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850. 2 vols. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. On Murray's business career, see Patricia Cleary, Elizabeth Murray: A Woman's Pursuit of Independence in Eighteenth-Century America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000.

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