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Excerpt from Efficiency, Simplicity, Economy in Cutting and Making Ladies' Garments
An early branch of the family moved to England, another to the United States. No record was kept, only as it has been related from parent to son.
No search has ever been instituted, but it appears the name had again been changed, to be more easily used in the language of the adopted country, to Gurney, and I havedome likewise.
In writing this little book, I am not inventing a new method of cutting garments, but the method has never been in print. Its principle is correct, it has stood the test of time, is of easy remembrance, and does not require a tailor to make a good pattern; in fact your brother, husband or father will be able to make the pattern by following the instructions and cut you a perfect and comfortable garment.
Regardless of my love for the trade, I have for the past few' years tried to give up the tailoring business, but Providence or destiny has decreed otherwise and indicated the way where I could be of more benefit to my neighbor and perhaps to myself by doing precisely what my father, grandfather and great grandfather have done.
On my last visit to the old home, in visiting a number of old-time trade friends, there was a great deal of satisfaction in hearing some home-sewing mother say, I still have the patterns that your father gave me; and my mother, and grand mother always held and esteemed the patterns that your grand father made for them, and then to hear the gentleman of the house say, I have never had a really comfortable garment since your people left us.
This work would not be complete without the mention of my personal observation.
Nature has made of us all a correct unit of measurement a perfect body beautiful - for all measuring units emanate from the human form.
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