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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 134, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03309074

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 134, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Comments on the traits of American women and children.

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has occurred in Mrs [Catharine] Potter's family, and I have known scores of incidental cases. It [Abortion]'s a national institution! To return. The wretched American child, like Tristram Shandy, is wronged by the mother before its birth. Then, the little beast learns it's A. B. C. on the Declaration of Independence, and has too high an idea of its sovereign independence and importance ever to become a loving Christian creature. Oh the ass that any kindly-nurtured Englishman is, when he marries an American woman, with her damned notions that forgiveness and mercy and self-negation are mean: — indications of a poor spirit! How often one hears girls cackling: "I did this! I did that! I gave her a piece of my mind! I let her know —" (that I was an unwomanly vulgar-souled, retaliatory b___h!) Why even high-souled Mrs Church had the taint. She made some miserable devil of a man in Kentucky-who had been goaded into insulting her by his wife — she made this poor cur give a formal and craven apology before a whole roomful of people assembled for the purpose. And I believe the affair subsequently materially injured the wretch's fortunes. How much better to have forgiven him! Pleasant looking little Mrs Eldredge could slap a man's face in a crowd. Of course the women admired her for it! Well, let 'em drift — I'm

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Abortion
Children
Diaries
Marriage
Women

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