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“In the question of maternity lies the saddest part of the Modern Revolt. God alone knows what good is to come out of the strange reactions against the maternal instinct, which is so marked a social feature in America, and which is spreading here. Formerly children were desired by all women, and their coming considered a blessing rather than otherwise; now the proportion of wives who regard them as a curse is something appalling, and the annoyance or despair with practical expression in many cases, given to that annoyance as their number increases is simply bewildering to those who have cherished that instinct as it used to be cherished.”

Lynton E. Lynne. The Modern Revolt. MacMillan’s Magazine. December, 1870

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