‘"The Charming young Jessie."’
--Mrs. Jessie Benton Fremont
has taken the field in defence of her husband.
Many think she is the better General of the two.
Thus far, at least, she has shown decidedly more energy than the real General; for, while he was suffering McCulloch
to beat and kill Lyon
, and Price
to capture Lexington
and recover all the money he had stolen, she was carrying the war into the very White House
, calling Old Abe to account, bearding (if the expression be proper of a lady) the old lion of Silver Spring
, and his whelp of St. Louis
in their respective dens, and kicking up a great fuss generally all over the Western
She has established her own fame, and settled the status
for all time to come.--Hereafter he will be known as Jessie Benton
's husband, just as a distinguished Philadelphian was known as the man who married Fanny Kemble
, and as Coldschmidt is still known as the husband of Jenny Lind
. No matter; he is no worse off than Prince Albert, and nobody doubts that he needs some sort of guardianship.
It was said by some sarcastic Bonapartist, with respect to the Bourbons, that the Duchess
of Angouleme was the only man of the family.
Any man who should predicate this of Jessie's position in the House
, would probably not be so far wrong as the uninitiated are prone to suppose.
At any rate, Jessie is a lady of spirit, and like lady Gay Spanker
will not suffer ‘"her Dolly
"’ to be imposed upon by anybody outside of the yard.
She is right.--Nobody but the lady has any right to bully her lord.
Curtain lectures are a species of privilege as sacred as the right of way, or the right of ingress, egress, and regress, to make secure and carry away the crop, spoken of by my Lord Coke, and are not to be usurped even by a President who has usurped everything else.
We applaud Jessie, and feel a disposition to throw up our hats and halloo, ‘"huzza for the females."’