Ditty Bag

Object number
91.14.7
Date
circa 1850
Description
White cotton drawstring bag with black ink text and motifs of fruit, birds and musical instruments. Bag is in poor condition. The name 'Dorcas Brown' is written on it. Text on bag reads:' Friendship/ A Sweet Balm For Sorrow Smart/ In Thee The Soothing Power Is Found/ To Heal The Lacerated Heart/ Extract Afflictions Venom'd Dart/ And Heal The Rankling Wound./ If Fortune Frown - If Health Depart/ Or Death Divide The Tenderest Tie/ Friendship Can Raise The Sinking Heart/ A Flow Of Real Joy Impart/ And Wipe The Tearful Eye'. Other Side Of Bag Reads: 'Dorcas Brown'; 'And The Dove Came Into Him In The Evening;/ And, Lo, In Her Mouth Was An Olive Leaf Plucked Off./ Genesis 8th & 11th.' Handwritten note card accompanying the bag reads; 'will my little cousin M(?) Williams accept this bag - as a small momento of affection from her Aunt/ Dorcas Brown.'
Materials
cotton
Credit Line
Gift of Marion Hoffmire
Object Type
ditty bags
Subjects
Bags
Related People & Organizations
Brown, Dorcas (associated)
Williams, Ruth Hadwen (associated)
Hoffmire, Marion (associated)