A very unusual and individual beadwork “Sampler” entitled A Mother’s Prayer in the form of an acrostic. The tiny glass beads [green for the patterned border and red for the poem] are sewn onto fine Bristol Board. This appears to have been worked by Emma Ross in 1860 and it relates to her new baby daughter Emma Mercy. It includes a number of spelling mistakes, which adds to its charm, but the initial letter of each line of the poem spells out her baby’s name. A little research on the internet shows that Emma Mercy Ross birth was registered in Kensington in 1860. By the time of the 1881 census her father had died, but she was living with her mother and some of her siblings in New Road Cottage, Kingston upon Thames. The census shows Emma Ross then aged 45 was born in Harrow and that Emma Mercy was born in Paddington.