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American never cared a jot for his slave mistress or her
children by him.      See the cruel wrong bred by this.   This
girl, Louisa Jacobs is intelligent and handsome.  I have sket-
ched her heretofore but will do it now more minutely.  No European
would suspect the African blood in her veins; probably she
would be considered a trifle Jewish. (Most likely the name was
selected for that purpose.)   She has the most beautifully silky
black hair I ever saw, without exception, on human head. Only
a rich glossy ripple � such as young ladies produce artificially, now
a days � hints at the dreaded kink, the wool characterizing
the unhappy race.     Her nose is aquiline and delicate, her eyes
fine and lustrous, her teeth white, her complexion a warm yel-
low.   Looking at her full face, you think it perfect � that it
could not be bettered, but the profile is a little too thin � it
lacks fullness, and suggests haggardness towards the decline of
life.     The girl has a sweet, soft, contralto voice, was kind,
modest and self respective, and I do believe would make any
man a good, loving wife.   I�ve never seen any one white American
girl whom I�d have chosen in preference, and I�ve seen hund-
dreds everway her inferior.  (I�ve never, for five minutes,
admitted the possibility of marrying aught but an English girl � no
more than I have mating out of my own species.)   Well, this
girl can never be married and admitted into society on this
side of the Atlantic.  Her poor black mother would come and
sit at her husband�s table, her relatives, too.  And this, in
republican America, would taboo them.         They thought Ed.
Wells was affected towards her, and Haney told me that
�it might have been� but for her origin.       Had I loved such
a girl, that shouldn�t have stopped me, nor all the Americans               
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