3 May 1856
FRESH FERN LEAVES.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by R. BONNER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
"COME ON MACDUFF."
A correspondent wishes us to "oblige a lady," by publishing a communication containing strictures on FANNY FERN. But, why should we "oblige a lady" whom we do not know, and at the same time disoblige a lady whom all the world knows.—N.Y. Evening Mirror.
"Oblige a lady." She is not the first, or the only lady, who has tried to be "obliged," and obliging, in this way. Dear creatures! how they love me! There was Miss Moses, proper Miss Moses, who had been for a year or more writing for the Scribetown Gazette, when I commenced. How delighted she was at my advent—how pleased she was with my articles—how many things she said about me, personally and literarily, to the editor of the Gazette—what an interest she took in my progress. She never tried to keep my articles out of the paper, (benevolent soul!) "lest they should injure its reputation"—not she; she never, when looking over the exchanges, hid away those in which my articles were copied, and commended—not she; she never, when she found one containing a personal attack on me (written at her own suggestion) marked it with a double row of ink marks, and laid it in a conspicuous place on the Editor's Table—not she. She liked my articles—liked them so well, that, on several occasions, she appropriated whole sentences and paragraphs; omitting (probably through forgetfulness) to make the necessary quotation marks! Dove-like Miss Moses! I think I see her now looking as though she was ready to be translated, (which by the way, her works never have been.) Pious Miss Moses, who rang threadbare changes on the ten commandments, and was addicted to meetings and melancholy; she tried hard to extinguish me, but success makes one magnanimous. I forgive her.
And there was Miss Fox, who "never could see anything to like in FANNY FERN's articles," who knew her to have come from a family, "who always fizzled out"—(on this point this deponent saith nothing)—but who, when she (Miss Fox) had occasion to write a newspaper story, got some kind friend to say in print, "that the story by Rosa, was probably written by FANNY FERN." Sweet Miss Fox!
Then there was Miss Briar, who "wondered if MR. BONNER, of the N.Y. LEDGER, gave FANNY FERN, who had never been out of sight of America, $100 a column for her stupid trash, what he would give her, Miss Briar, who had crossed the big pond, when she touched pen to paper! FANNY FERN indeed! Humph!"
Lovely creatures! I adore the whole sex. I always prefer hotels, ferry boats and omnibusses, where they predominate, and abound; how courteous they are to each other, in case of a squeese! Lord bless 'em! How truly Burns says:
Her noblest work she classes, O:
Her 'prentice han' she tried on man,
And then she made the lasses, O.
The sweetest hours that e'er I spend
Are spent among the lasses, O."
Fanny Fern, "'Come On MacDuff,'" The New-York Ledger (3 May 1856): 4
To cite this project:
Fanny Fern, "'Come On MacDuff,'" Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger, Ed. Kevin McMullen (2015) http://fannyfern.org.