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Captain Mayne Reid’s Work

Reid's Work in U.S. Newspapers and Periodicals

See also: Reid's Work Published by Beadle and Adams

Note: This list does not purport to be all-inclusive. Reid was such a prolific writer that there are almost certainly many more “lost” letters, articles, serials, and/or poems awaiting re-discovery.

All bylines are “By Captain Mayne Reid” unless otherwise indicated parenthetically.

Arthur’s Magazine

  • “Spoiling a Painter” (by the Poor Scholar), September 1844.
  • “The Marquis, the Tutor, and Their Sisters: or, Combined to Kill a Coquette. A Story of Parisian Life” (by the Poor Scholar), December 1844.
  • “The Mysterious Lady,” March 1846.
  • “The Duel That Didn’t Come Off,” April 1846.

The Casket

  • “The Death of Adele,” 1, 23, September 16, 1846.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI)

  • “Tribute to Benjamin Moran” (letter), Dec. 1882.

Fireside Companion

  • “The Finger of Fate” serialized 1867?

Frank Leslie’s Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly (New York, NY)

  • “The Red Gorilla” (later re-titled “The Castaways”), serialized 1870?

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (New York, NY)

  • “The Child Wife,” serialized beginning Feb. 22, 1868; finished July 18, 1868.
  • “Bear on the Banner” (a poem), March 28, 1868.
  • “Paddy From Cork,” July 11, 1868.
  • “Christmas Upon a Cachalot,” Aug. 1, 1868.

The Galaxy. A Magazine of Entertaining Reading

  • “Jarocho Life,” vol. 5, issue 6, June 1868.

Godey's Lady's Book (Philadelphia,PA)

  • “The Clime of the Creole, The Isles of the Ind.” (by a Poor Scholar), August 1843.
  • “Ysla de Cuba (A Moonlight Panorama-Sketched from the Foretop Sail-Yard)” (by a Poor Scholar), September 1843.
  • “The Polacca Marque, A Romance of the Isles” (by a Poor Scholar), October 1843.
  • “Estrella del Norte” (by the Poor Scholar), May 1844.
  • “Oh Sing Me That Song” (by the Poor Scholar), June 1844.
  • “Tropic Land,” (by the Poor Scholar), August 1844.
  • “La Cubana: A Romance of the Isles” (a four-part poem)
    • “Scene I-The Cama” (by the Poor Scholar), February 1845.
    • “Scene II-The Cathedral” (by the Poor Scholar), March 1845.
    • “Scene III-The Sala” (by the Poor Scholar), April 1845.
    • “Scene IV-The Moro Bay” (by the Poor Scholar) May 1845.
  • “Anna Vincent. A Tale” (by the Poor Scholar), August 1846.
  • “Francisco and Inez. A Duetto” (by T. Mayne Reid), May 1848.

Graham’s American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion (Philadelphia, PA)

  • “Wild Scenes in Africa,” vol. 50, no. 3, March 1857.

Graham's Magazine(Philadelphia, PA)

  • “My Star-Browed Steed” (a poem by the Poor Scholar), November 1843.
  • “Song of the Avenger” (a poem by the Poor Scholar), August 1844.
  • “The Death of Cordova: A South American Story” (by the Poor Scholar), February 1846.
  • “Brothers and Sisters. A Parisian Sketch” (by T. Mayne Reid), vol. xxviii, no. 4, April 1846.
  • “The Husband's Ruse” (by T. Mayne Reid), vol. xxix, no. 3, September 1846.
  • “Another Heart Broken” (by T. Mayne Reid), vol. xxix, no. 4, October 1846.
  • “The Last Adventure of a Coquette” (by Thomas Mayne Reid), vol. xxix, no. 5, November 1847.
  • “To Guadalupe”> (a poem by Mayne Reid), September 1848.
  • “Mexican Jealousy: A Sketch of the Late Campaign” (by “Ecolier),” September 1848.
  • “Scouting Near Vera Cruz: A Sketch of the Late Campaign” (by “Ecolier),” October 1848.
  • “To Her Who Can Understand It,” (a poem by Mayne Reid), October 1848.
  • “The Wounded Guerilla: A Sketch of the Late Campaign” (by Mayne Reid), January 1849.

The Green Mountain Gem; a Monthly Journal of Literature, Science, and the Arts

  • “The Mysterious Lady,” January 1, 1848.

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (New York, NY)

  • “Memories of Mexico,” (unsigned), vol. 3, no, 16, September 1851.
  • “Escape from a Mexican Quicksand” (chapter 3 of The Scalp Hunters), vol. 3, no. 16, September 1851.

Home Magazine

  • “About Alligators,” March 1853.

Ladies’ Magazine of Literature, Fashion and Fine Arts

  • “The Belle of Red River” (by the Poor Scholar), June 1844.

Ladies’ National Magazine

  • “Havanna de Cuba” (a poem by the Poor Scholar), vol. 5, no. 6, June 1844.
  • “The Flower Girl. A Tale of the Crescent City” (by the Poor Scholar), vol. 6, no. 2, August 1844.
  • “My Own Dark-Eyed Adele” (a poem by the Poor Scholar), vol. 6, no. 3, September 1844.
  • “The Cousins. A Tale of the Crescent City” (by the Poor Scholar), vol. 6, no. 4, October 1844.
  • “The Lover’s Trial. An Incident of the West Indies” (by the Poor Scholar), vol. 7, no. 3, March 1845.
  • “The Cobra di Capello. A South American Sketch,” vol. 9, no. 1, January 1846.
  • “The Guajiro’s Courtship,” vol. 9, no. 3, March 1846.
  • “Fight with the Zamboes,” vol. 9, no. 5, May 1846.
  • “The Wife. A Tale of Mexico,” vol. 14, no. 5, November 1848.

Littell’s Living Age

  • “Some Account of a Singular People,” vol. 2, no. 487, September 17, 1853.

The Newport News (Newport, RI)

  • Misc. articles and stories, circa 1846-49.
  • “Monterey” (a poem), September 1847?

New York Herald (New York, NY)

  • “Life in the Ocean, A Tall Dinner,” August 15, 1846.
  • Streetcar article, October 11, 1869.

New York Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Art (New York, NY)

  • “A ‘Love’s Sacrifice’,” January 1, 1847.

The New York Ledger (New York, NY)

  • “Cris Rock” (a.k.a. “The Free Lances”), serialized 1879.

New York Times (New York, NY)

  • “Brother Against Brother,” November 24, 1872

New York Tribune (New York, NY)

  • “The Rural Life of England” (serial, 26 installments):
    • I. “The County, the Parish, and the Squire,” April 2, 1882
    • II. “The Parson,” April 9, 1882
    • III. “The Farmer,” April 16, 1882
    • IV. “The Farm Labourer,” April 23, 1882
    • V. “The Ploughman, the Waggoner and the Shepherd,” April 30, 1882
    • VI. “The Thatcher, the Drainer and the Sheep-Shearer,” May 7, 1882
    • VII. “The Mole-Catcher and the Rat Catcher,” May 14, 1882
    • VIII. “Bark-Strippers, Hurdle-Makers and Charcoal-Burners,” May 21, 1882
    • IX. “The Gamekeeper,” May 28, 1882
    • X. “The Poacher,” June 4, 1882
    • XI. “County Society,” June 11, 1882
    • XII. “County Society in Summer,” June 18, 1882
    • XIII. “County Society in Winter,” June 25, 1882
    • XIV. “Hunting and Hounds,” July 2, 1882
    • XV. “Hunting with Harriers, Beagles, Otterhounds and Greyhounds,” July 9, 1882
    • XVI. “The Representation in Parliament,” July 16, 1882
    • XVII. “The Representation in Parliament,” July 23, 1882
    • XVIII. “School Persecution,” July 30, 1882
    • XIX. “The Sports of the People,” Aug. 6, 1882
    • XX. “Associate Pastimes,” Aug. 13, 1882
    • XXI. “Other Associate Pastimes,” Aug. 20, 1882
    • XXII. “Markets, Fairs, and ‘Mop’ Fairs,” Aug. 27, 1882
    • XXIII. “Public Dinners,” Sept. 3, 1882
    • XXIV. “Farm Auction Sales,” Sept. 10, 1882
    • XXV. “The Best Sort of Englishman for America,” Sept. 17, 1882
    • XXVI. “Naturalists’ Field Clubs and Archæological Societies,” Sept. 24, 1882.
  • “English Hay Crop” (letter), Aug. 7, 1882.
  • “Tribute to Benjamin Moran” (letter), Dec. 7, 1882.
  • “Mayne Reid in Mexico” (letter), Dec. 17, 1882.

New York Weekly (New York, NY)

  • “The Lone Ranche,” serialized 1869.

Pittsburgh Chronicle (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • “Scenes In the West Indies,” a 3-part poem:
    • “Visit to La Soufriére,” November 10, 1842
    • “The Ocean,” November 15, 1842
    • “Scenes in the West Indies,” November 28, 1842
  • “On the Death of an Only Daughter” (poem), November 18, 1842.
  • “The Storm,” a 3-part poem:
    • “The Rising,” January 17, 1843
    • “Struck By Lightning,” January 18,1843
    • “The Strange Barque,” January 18, 1843
  • “The Crucifixion” (poem), February 4, 1843.
  • “Ship Under Sail” (poem), February 17, 1843.
  • “The West Indies” (poem), March 7, 1843.
  • “Cuba-Night” (poem), March 21, 1843.

Ohio Farmer (Cleveland, OH)

  • “Trapped in a Tree: A Backwoods Adventure,” Feb. 4, 1865.

Our Young Folks’ Magazine (Boston, MA)

  • “Afloat in the Forest,” serialized beginning January 1865; finished November 1866.
  • ”Trapped in a Tree: A Backwoods Adventure,” February 1865.
  • “An Adventure in the Vermilion Sea,” January 1866.

Saturday Evening Post (Philadelphia, PA)

  • “Original Sketch of the American Army into Puebla,” vol. 28, whole no. 1439, February 25, 1849
  • “Tailing the Bull,” December 13, 1856
  • “The War Trail,” serialized beginning April 18, 1857; finished August 15, 1857.
  • “The Planter Pirate,” serialized beginning June 13, 1868; finished July 18, 1868.
  • “The Spectral Condor: A Story of the South Sea” (a.k.a. “The Spectre Barque”), serialized beginning Oct. 30, 1875; finished March 4, 1876.

St. Nicholas (Boston, MA)

  • “The Land of Fire,” serialized beginning Dec. 1883; finished May 1884.

Spirit of the Times (New York, NY)

  • “Sketches by a Skirmisher,” written for the Spirit of the Times by an officer of the United States Army, May 1, 1847
  • “The Action of Molino del Rey,” by “Ecolier,” Dec. 11, 1847
  • “The Storming of Chapultepec,” by “Ecolier,” Dec. 11, 1847
  • “The Battle of Churubusco,” by “Ecolier,” Dec. 18, 1847
  • “The Great Battle of Mexico,” by “Ecolier,” Dec. 18, 1847
  • “The Taking of Contreras,” by “Ecolier,” Dec. 18, 1847

Unnamed newspaper

  • “To the United States” (poem), about 1867

Youth’s Companion (Boston, MA)

  • “The Vee-Boers” serialized 1882

Sources:

In addition to microfilmed, digitized, or actual copies of some of these publications, the following named sources were referenced.

Frank Jay, “Peeps Into the Past; being a History of Oldtime Periodicals, Journals, and Books,” 1918-19.

Charles Ollivant, Life of Mayne Reid (unpublished manuscript).

Elizabeth Reid, Captain Mayne Reid: His Life and Adventures (London: Greening and Co., 1900).


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