In the personality and exploits of the "Special Messenger," the author has been assured that a celebrated historical character is recognizable—Miss Boyd, the famous Confederate scout and spy.
It is not uncommon that the readers of a book know more about that book than the author.
R. W. C.
Über Robert W. Chambers
Robert Chambers was an American artist and writer best known for The King in Yellow, an 1895 collection of weird short stories, connected by the motif of a fictitious drama The King in Yellow, which drives those who read it insane. E. F. Bleiler described The King in Yellow as one of the most important works of American supernatural fiction.