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                  Aboard the Delaware.
is writing.  Rattier toadies Gen. Terry, as
seems to be the rule with assistant-adjutant
generals.  (I know Halpine did so with Hun-
ter and have observed the same thing in the
peninsula.)  Has a commonish-featured but
intelligent countenance.  Is nephew to Delia
Bacon, that remarkable woman who broached
the theory that Shakspere was not the author
of his own plays.  They being the work of the
great Lord Bacon, Raleigh and others, who
used the name of �the second-rate player and
manager� in order to give them to the world.
This theory she advocated with extraordinary
fervor and ability � and died insane.  She
made, too, an attempt to unearth the bones of
the great poet at Stratford on Avon bribing
associates, but did not carry her intention
into effect, being terrified from it by a sud-
den access of fear in consequence of the malediction
in the epitaph.  Altogether her story is one
of the most extraordinary episodes in literary
history.  Reading what she wrote � though
you know the argument won�t stand � cannot
fail to impress you.
   Lieut. Terry.  Younger brother to the gen-
eral, and on his staff.  Rather bald, soft-
spoken, with a tone of voice suggestive, perhaps               
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