I ran across a newspaper item this morning while looking for my family. I don’t have any reason to believe the article specifically refers to anyone I know, but the tale is timeless…
A new-born babe was left on the door-step of a house in Boston, with this touching note: - ‘To the tender mercies of this cold and wicked world this little infant is committed. – Whoever receives it, cares for it, and adopts it, may yet live to bless the day that thus their kindness has been bestowed. Born of a victim of misplaced confidence, yet the heart and affection of the mother never die.’”1]
It just made me think of the many cases of unknown parentage I have worked to solve. The heartbreak of the mother, that victim of misplaced confidence, is palpable. I hope the child was loved.
 Untitled, The Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania), p. 2, col. 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/278498074 : accessed 21 Feb 2020).
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Mary Kircher Roddy is a genealogist, writer and lecturer, always looking for the story. Her blog is a combination of the stories she has found and the tools she used to find them.