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Lydia Maria Child (1802 - 1880)
North versus South
We pay our domestic generous wages, with which they can
purchase as many Christmas gowns as they please; a process
far better for their characters, as well as our own, than to
receive their clothing as a charity, after being deprived of
just payment for their labor. I have never known an instance
where the "pangs of maternity " did not meet with requisite
assistance; and here at the North, after we have helped the
mothers, we do not sell the babies.
(from correspondence with Mrs. Mason)
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