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|Patty one of the orginal western novel writers was Owen Wister who wrote The Virginian . This is where the line Smile when you call me that mister comes from.
Wister was the grandson of Fanny Kemble and Pierce Butler . Fanny being the grea English Actress and Butler being the largest slave holder in Georgia. There is a great book called Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars that tells that story. Fanny became an abolitionist after going with Butler to the Plantation in Georgia. Also read Fanny Kemble's Journal for more interesting observaions on America, slavery and the Civil War .