Memoirs of Mrs. Abigail Bailey
Abigail Bailey was a deeply religious woman who married a man she discovered to be hard and unreasonable" the day after their wedding. He was a lecherous and tyrannical father who beat his daughters. She writes movingly of her ordeal, her crying out to God and her final decision to leave her husband. Feigning contriteness, he inveigled her from their home in Vermont to New York where, by law, he became master of his family. Despite her longing for her children, she escaped and returned alone on horseback to Vermont. This is a powerful account of a woman compelled in the end to lay aside-religious scruples and pity to obtain a divorce. For the last eight years of her life she lived among her surviving children: the four sons and 10 daughters she had by Mr. Bailey.
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