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from Briggs, who tapped me on the shoul-
der one morning and complimented me on my (!)
article in the Constellation.    I believe he was try-
ing the dodge in order to get confirmation, or infor-
mation, as to the real writer, though he stuck to
it that he supposed me the author.   Shrewd man
is Briggs, and an ugly.        I wish O Brien had
got a baronetry. It would be delightfully funny to
see him under the influence of it.      He would give
dinners to his acquaintances, pay his debts (or a
tithe of them) with the most magnificent flourish 
contract the times as many and in a word, be, if
possible a still more insufferable puppy and snob
than now.     Marry his coronet would be spouted
in a week or two.            Old Park Benjamin is out
at the Constellation, as everybody predicted.   Has
commenced a law-suit against Roberts, written
letters abusing him and everybody connected with
the paper, and now is vilifying it in correspondence
to a Southern journal!      An old  blower!     Dishonest
withal, too, as it seems.  Arnold knows a young
fellow who, being green enough to send a M. S. to
Benjamin (he advertises himself as a  literary
agent) was both swindled out of a fee for exami-
nation and the article, which Benjamin subse-
quently sold as his own, I believe, to the Harpers.
This is certain.  P.B condemned it   candidly said
it wouldn t do.     He s a shocking old  dead-head  on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and forty-one
Description:Regarding Charles F. Briggs and Park Benjamin.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Arnold, George; Benjamin, Park; Briggs, Charles F.; Constellation.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; O'Brien, Fitz James; Publishers and publishing; Roberts, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.