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an equal platform.   It may have been
otherwise with her first husband, he who ap-
pears in �Ruth Hall,� but never since.    When
one thinks of all these tricks having been practiced
on two preceding husbands, one of whom is yet
alive, they affect one by no means delightfully.
I have had thoughts in my head, which if
guessed at by the indomitable Fanny, would
pretty quickly outlaw me from her hospitality.
Yet I see the good in her and can do justice
to it.      Her faults � all of them � come of bad blood,
and cursed Yankee training.   No nest of warm
love cradles an American child into humility
and humanity.   As once Parton said When
an American woman becomes pregnant, her first
thought is, shall I take a pull and get rid of
the trouble?    Terrible truth! which I must
digress upon, awhile.    The woman Restell, the
abortionist does a larger trade in teaching mar-
ried women to produce miscarriages upon themselves
than aught else.   It is thought no shame for a 
woman to profess dissatisfaction at maternity: one
hears it every day.   Selena Jewell speaking of
her sister, said: �Oh Nelly never liked children,
the baby is to be mine, she don�t care about it.�
Mrs Patten � not at all a bad or unloving woman
� would have prevented her pregnancy.   I have
little doubt Lotty Kidder has done the same.   It               
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