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that she had hoped, now, to have had some pleasure, time,
&c; professing that she should never love her unborn offspring,
and wishing to prevent its birth.     Indeed she would have effec-
ted this if the doctor had not deceived her as to the time of her
approaching delivery � so the child�s life was only saved by a
trick.        All this was spoken of openly among the women, for
some months past.   There as no repugnance to maternity on
the grounds that the little helpless creature�s prospects in life
might not be bright ones � all originated in pure selfishness.  It
would be a trouble, and she would hate it.   Patten deferred a
little to her now of the matter, wasn�t particular any way.  Mrs
Potter didn�t approve of abortion, but looked upon it not with
the amount of horror which it should excite in a woman�s breast,
for � my informant told me � there d been a similar case in her
own family.      In fact, as I�ve long known, Americans are
a nation of abortionists, and think nothing of tampering with
the most sacred of relations � maternity.   In most cases, where
ever I�ve been intimate enough to go behind the scenes in any
family in American life, and had a chance to look deep enough
I�ve discovered some such damnable affair.   Only a week ago
Woodward, in answer to my inquiry as to the number of his
children, replying that he had but two, declared, also, that
he didn�t believe in having more, pulling down and making a 
slave of a woman &c.   I remember Will Waud�s telling
how Levison introducing his only daughter Ellen, said �It
don�t follow we couldn�t have more if we chose.� His wife
was present.  Waud said he felt awkward at such an in-
timation.  I believe, though, that Levison did wish for more
children.  But his wife �����.        Often enough I�ve heard               
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