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Harriet Wilson's death
The Pennsylvania Hermit: A Narrative of the Extraordinary Life of Amos Wilson, Who Expired in a Cave in the Neighborhood of Harrisburgh (Penn.), After Having Therein Lived in Solitary Retirement for the Space of Nineteen Years, in Consequence of the Ignominious Death of his Sister… New York: Smith and Carpenter, 1838.
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Harriot Wilson trusted a lying seducer from Philadelphia, sinned, killed her newborn, and was detected, convicted, and hanged.  Her brother petitioned for and received a pardon, but was kept from delivering it until after her execution.  This book, which focuses on the brother's later life as a hermit and his religious writings, treats fallen womankind with pity, but still expects that the downward path, once entered upon, is inescapable: "The tenderness and sensibility that prevails in the minds of females, subject them to many temptations and danger from which men are in a manner exempt.  Their weakness and dependant state places their reputation on a foundation so slender, that the smallest breath of wind will overturn, and the slightest touch indelibly tarnish.  …[L]ordly man can sin with impunity…. He can, without any scandal to himself, seduce the innocent virgin from the paths of virtue, while the unfortunate victim of his arts is expelled from society, and doomed either to end her days in a brothel among the most depraved, or be made a sacrifice on the altar of justice."

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