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Inscription: Inscribed in brown ink on paper sheet behind miniature: Henry E Starbird AE to Yrs / Caroline M. Starbird AE 8 Yrs / Louis D Starbird AE 5 Yrs. / Painted Sept 1841 by Mrs. RussellInscribed below on same sheet in graphite, in another hand: Boston / M. B. RussellInscribed in graphite on backing paper: [various numbers in gridded columns] Use once these maxims fixed / That God's our friend / Virtue our good / And Happiness our end / How soon must reason / O'er the world prevail / & Ever fraud & superstition face
Descended in the Starbird family; with Philip N. Grime, Saco, Maine, 1983; Edward Sheppard, New York.
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