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Text for Page 029 [01-23-1860]

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	      A Harlot�s Progress.
think he has alluded, to me, of his being
sent for, on, or after his mother�s marriage with
Gouverneur.    �Gladdy,� or Gladstone, is as
I long ago suspected, a bastard son of Gouver-
neurs�; hence the money bequeathed to him by
the man, who got introduced to the mother
through the agency of a woman servant and
being embarked in the criminal intimacy, had
not courage to risk her violence and public
scandal in breaking off.     Of course the two
lived wretchedly together, quarreled and even
fought.      She has knocked him down with a
blow of her fist, an experience since shared by
her children.     She would throw her breakfast
and utensils over the banisters, from the top
of the stairs to the bottom, on some discontent
with it or her landlady, swear and vituperate
like a very drab.        Withal she was pretty
and had a pleasant voice.         Whether she
cuckolded Gouverneur deponent knoweth not,
suspects that she may have been faithful to him.
With her humors and devil�s whims, however,
she killed the man.        The Gouverneur family
regarded her with the feelings inevitable to the
case, but tolerated her.             She has a sis-
ter, of like origin and proclivities, who, a mar-
ried woman herself, eloped with a married man,               
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