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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 133, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03308261

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 133, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Comments on abortion and American women.

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an equal platform. It may have been otherwise with her [Fanny Fern's] first husband [Charles Eldredge], he who appears in "Ruth Hall," but never since. When one thinks of all these tricks having been practiced on two preceding husbands, one of whom [James Parton] 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 married 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 [Sexton] 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

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Abortion
Diaries
Marriage
Pregnancy
Women
Fiction
Authors
Women authors

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