Fanny Fern, RUTH HALL, New York, Mason Brothers, 1855, 400 pages.
“I have looked over the pieces you sent me, Ruth. It is
very evident that writing never can be your forte; you have no talent
that way. You may possibly be employed by some inferior newspapers, but be
assured your articles never will be heard of out of your own little provincial city. For
myself I have plenty of contributors, nor do I know of any of my literary
acquaintances who would employ you. I would advise you, therefore, to seek
some unobtrusive employment. Your brother,