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THE

LIFE AND BEAUTIES

ין'

OF

FANNY FERN.

"Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice."

Philadelphia:

T. B. PETERSON, NO. 306 CHESTNUT STREET,
GIRARD BUILINGS, ABOVE THIRD.

ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year One Thousand Eight

Hundred and Fifty-five, by H. LONG & BROTHER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York

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9.1

PREFACE.

In preparing for the press "THE Life and BeautiES OF FANNY FERN," we have given to the reader a statement of the most prominent incidents in her eventful career, which is authenticated, not only by the testimony of her nearest relatives, but by communications from her own lips. The lives of distinguished men or women have always been accounted public property, and, in narrating that of Fanny Fern, we have confined ourselves to simple facts, leaving the fancy-pictures to be filled up by others.

In giving selections from her "Beauties," we present the reader with a bouquet of "Ferns," all freshly gathered. In so doing, we have infringed on no one's copy-right; the sketches having been copied, in every instance, from the papers to which they were originally

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