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Text for Page 027 [01-23-1860]

	The Life and Adventures of
Her origin must have been of the lowest;
Gill, her first husband, told Mrs. Potter that he
supposed his wife had been bar-maid to a tavern.
She was pretty and grossly ignorant, which lat-
ter peculiarity she retains to this day.         Gill
married her and send her to school, that con-
stituting the bridal trip.        He was a �merchant�
of some sort, probably in the �dry-goods� way,
and bankruptcy induced him to try his fortune
in the United States.      He had two children
by her, Rawson and a daughter, Rawson�s
elder.   In New York he proposed, had, I
think, a store in Broadway.        His wife�s con-
duct made the man miserable, it was bad
morally, next to infamous.      Her reputation
for beauty attracted pseudo-friends of his to
the house, one of many such as Gouverneur.
She kept a lodging or boarding house once (I
infer either of Gill�s outset or subsequent to
his prosperity, which could hardly have amount-
ed to much), which establishment was of ques-
tionable character.    I suppose men lived there
who had liaisons with her.       Finally Gill
left her, taking away the children.       He wished
only to secure the girl, but the woman put
Rawson out of the house after him, by force,
the child screaming and objecting.    With both,               
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