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         Old Briggs  Venality & Humbug.
to Cobb (in answer to a very friendly one re-
ceived from him the other day) and to Mary
Anne, did a bit of a story, then made a drawing
on wood, keeping at it till 1. P. M.      Rondel
came up at 5 and stayed half-an-hour.        He
has a lot of pictures and sketches in the Exhi-
bition, and, I think, supposed I might be able
to give them a puff in the  World.    He told me
he had promised old Briggs a sketch, in ack-
nowledgment of its equivalent in praise, in the
 Tribune,  for which paper Briggs does a dreary column
or two of  Art Items  occasionally.  (He knows as
much of art as he does of music, being indeed
a solemnly-constituted humbug and imposter,
and an inveterate dodger.       When he gets hold
of anything he can sell, he takes it to some
daily paper, letting the  Courier  fare as it may,
filling it up with amateur rot, which isn t
paid for   to Smith s dissatisfaction.      The
one man is more ignorant, but infinitely more
honest than the other.    A good type of the old
class of newspaper hacks is C. F. Briggs Esq.
  Rondel says A. Waud has hired a plot of
ground of eight acres, which he will enter
into possession of shortly.
  28.  Thursday.   A fine day.   To Harper s,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page thirty-five
Description:Regarding reporter C.F. Briggs.
Subject:Artists; Briggs, Charles F.; Cobb, Myron H.; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Sunday courier.; New York tribune.; Rondel; Smith, James L.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-24


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.