My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning.

ManningThe (notorious) Madame X tells her secrets, and her life, in these pages.  She grows up motherless, orphaned, when her Mam dies shortly after childbirth.  She is determined not to let other women succumb, so she becomes both midwife and abortionist (though the terms she uses are much more 19c. discreet– and fascinating to a 21st c. reader).

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