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Indiana University
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Notes Giving Away Babies

From the Daily Mail:

Abandoned on a door step in the dead of night, these are the desperate notes pinned to babies by poor and often unmarried mothers, pleading for someone to care for their child.

The heartbreaking letters became part of records at the New York Foundling Asylum in the mid-19th century.

In October 1869, a group of nuns renovated a brownstone at 17 East 12th Street in Manhattan into the Foundling Asylum.

Every night, the nuns would leave an empty wicker basket on the stoop, and almost every morning, a baby would be found there. By the end of the year the nuns had taken in 81 babies.

Read more and see the letters here.


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This IS heartbreaking.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Oct 12, 2012 9:52:18 AM

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