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Patience Wright

Ever been to the Wax Museum? It's nothing new. Making wax sculptures of people was popular art form in colonial America. Patience Wright was particularly good at it. When her wax figures couldn't take the heat (due to a fire), Patience took a boat to England. She kept her fondness for her "dear America".

When war broke out in the colonies, Patience decided to remain in England. She pumped her patrons for information about the rebellion in the colonies. Good information was sent secretly to the colonies, hidden in the wax figures she was so proud of.

When American prisoners were taken to England for safe keeping, Patience, along with others, helped many escape. Not wanting to be buried in England, Patience suffered a bad fall and died in London in 1786. If you ever get to England, check out her work at Westminster Abbey.