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	      That old rogue, Briggs.
Briggs, Gayler and Rosenberg! a delightful
triumvirate! Just the old story.   From Addey s
account, I could see how the first-named old fox
had blarneyed him.    He was delighted with the
title!  said Addey.     Now I heard Briggs  real
sentiments on the matter; altogether condemnatory.
He is as vulturous after a stray dollar or two
as if he specially needed it; has sent his articles
to  Vanity Fair  and had them rejected, too.   I don t
believe in him as a humorist; he is on the fence
in politics; like most of his class when past the
age of forty, he don t believe in any good motive
where a bad one can be attributed   and where can
it not be?         He s a non-committal, dough-face
Republican, so one can conceive how brave his arti-
cles political will be.     He goes in for office and
other indirect bribery, don t believe in honesty
and pluck, in short.      Besides one regular, inevi-
table series of papers of this sort I hold to be
a mistake; he ll shirt his work   do it  Courier 
fashion.     How greedy the old wolf is, too   has
just assumed the  editorship  of the  Irving, 
inaugurating it with a mean article against Thack-
eray, apropos of his noble tribute, in the  Corn-
hill  to Washington Irving.        This is what Briggs
loves to do, underhand depreciation of better men
than himself.         The man is an old hack literateur
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Regarding the personality and writings of Charles Briggs.
Subject:Addey; Briggs, Charles F.; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Rosenberg
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.