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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), War Diary of Capt. Robert Emory Park, Twelfth Alabama Regiment. January 28th, 1863January 27th, 1864. (search)
Colonel Pickens, thrown by his horse and injured severely. Worked on breastworks. Bob Wynn and Win. Mayo were assigned by General Lee to Co. F, from Bragg's army, and reached camp to-day. They came via Castle Thunder. Nov. 18. Completed our rude fortifications, and are ready to welcome Meade and his cohorts to hospitable graves. Nov. 19 and 20. Added to strength of our works, and made a formidable abattis in our front, Sent $50.00 home. Nov. 21, 22 and 23. Rainy days. Read Aurora Floyd. Nov. 24. Expected President Davis to review the corps to-day, but the rain prevented, Our great leader must be sorely tried these gloomy days, and is evidently the right man in the right place. Nov. 25. Co. F went on picket near Mitchell's Ford. Nov. 26. At 2 o'clock A. M. were suddenly aroused and hurried towards Jacob's Ford, where Meade had crossed a part of his army. Battle of Locust Grove. Nov. 27. In afternoon, near Locust Grove, we met the advance of the enemy,
Literary profits. --Mr. Kinglake's profits on the first portion of his history of the Crimean war are estimated at $50,000. Miss M.A. Braddos, the author of "Lady Audley's Secret," and "Aurora Floyd," is said to have made more than $40,000 within the last six months.
Darrell Mareham --By M. E. Braddon--Ayres & Wade, Richmond.--We have received this work, which is written by the author of Aurora Floyd, and Lady Audley's Secret two works which have created a in literary circles in England, and have proved so popular that they have been dramatized by some dozen persons, and have had extraordinary fun on the boards of theatres there and in the United States. The present work is said to be equal to the two named. The publication of the book is executed with much neatness.
Aurora Floyd.--West & Johnston. --This is a new work by the author of "Lady Audrey's Secret," which has just been published by Messrs. West & Johnston. It is what may be termed a thrilling novel, without anything of the yellow cover style about it. It is fully up to the first literary performances of Mrs. Braddon.
Miss Braddon, the novelist. --Miss Braddon, the popular author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Aurora Floyd," and other sensation stories, was an actress at the Hull (England) Theatre, a few years ago, and played under the name of Miss Seyton: "Being clever with her pen, she was employed by the management in a literary capacity. She wrote introductions to the pantomimes, and several odes, delivered on certain public occasions. This brought her into notice, and, while she was making a visit at Beverly Park, she published some poems, which induced a Mr. Empson, a publisher at Beverly, to enter into an agreement with her to write a novel. The name of this first effort of her pen, as a novelist, had the startling title of 'Three Times Dead, or the Secret of the Heath.' But the venture, it seems, was not a good one, for we now find Mr. Empson applying to the Hull Bankruptcy Court to be discharged, as a bankrupt, his debts amounting to nearly £300. In the course of his examination
Aurora Floyd. --We have received a copy of this work from Messrs. West & Johnston. Its author is also author of "Darrell Markham," and other works well known to the public. The tale is a very simple and, we think, not a very edifying one. A retired merchant, of great wealth, falls in love with and marries a fourth-rate actress, whose splendid promotion makes her the envy of all the surrounding old maids and gossiping widows, who, having no business of their own to attend to, very charitably fill the void which want of occupation is so certain to occasion in the minds of all persons who possess such a thing as a mind, by taking the affairs of other people under their charge. In the course of a year or two the lady who has excited so much interest dies, leaving an only child, the heroine who gives her name to the novel, and who from that time becomes the idol of her father. The heiress of boundless wealth, indulged in every whim and caprice, suffered to learn or not to learn a