The production of babies is the darling pursuit industry of Mormons, & the reckless overbearing enthusiasm with wh [which] they throw themselves into the business is truly admirable. The air is full thronged with babies according to their most [pet] beliefs eager to come down into all the bodies that Mormons [can] furnish creep into them like Hermit Crabs into a shell of [whatever ] shape. Every woman a factory yielding herself for [far beyond] her strength & these souls without consideration come flocking down like [doves] loading & [hunting] the worm on whom they alight like passenger pigeons breaking & [ ] many instances most pitiable to see these poor droopy women but most are for men healthy & happy in their loves work [these] those who so [reluctantly] bear 2 or 3, with [the] [ ] they always eagerly tell the number if large & seem despondent & ashamed if [arrived] at [age] past fruitful if only 5 or 6. I have 15 & here is a little dear orphan that I adopted wh [which] makes
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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