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Text for Page 207 [01-23-1861]


[newspaper clipping continued]
has not, these sweet people will assuredly break it for
  Howe, the sewing-machine man, is to be seen daily in
the Strand, with his abundant locks, and broad-brimmed
hat.  I don�t know what he is doing here, but the
mere sight of a New-Yorker is refreshing to exiled eyes.
  There is some talk of another Grand exhibition of the
Industry of all Nations in 1862; but doubts are express-
ed on the subject, many people being of opinion that the
world has not yet recovered from its surfeit of Industry
in 1851.
  Sala�s New Nagazine, �Temple Bar,� or, as I heard it
spitefully called the other day, �Marsala�s Tyburn Gate,�
seems to be quite a success.  Amongst its principal wri-
ters are Sutherland Edwards, Austin, Blanchard Jerrold,
Yates and the Editor himself.  Sala is a great card here,
though not so much known in America.  For some time
he wrote many of the best articles in the �Household
Words.�  His first connection with the paper was rather
curious.  He was in pawn at a Coffee Shop in the Strand;
he owed a bill, and had no money to pay it, but he had a
pen, so he wrote an article and sent it to Dickens, with a
note begging Mr. D., if the article were accepted, to send
him the money at once, at the same time explaining his
position.  (It is usual here, I understand, for authors to 
give publishers six months credit, or something of the
sort).  Mr. Dickens happened to be in his office, (a very
unusual thing with a London editor) was pleased with
the article�sent Mr. Sala the money, and engaged him
immediately, at a salary of five guineas per week.
And now Mr. Sala conducts (that�s the new word for edit-
ing) the Temple Bar Magazine, writes for half-a-dozen
other works: gets about a hundred dollars a week by his
pen, and is regarded as the King of the Bohemians.  Au-
thorship, and artistship too, are both better occupations,
as far as pay goes, than in the United States; but then,
employment on your side is more readily obtained by
young beginners than in this foggy city.

[newspaper clipping]
  Consul to Liverpool.�We are able to announce,
on authority little liable to error in such matters,
that the appointment of Consul to Liverpool,
has been tendered to Charles F. Briggs, Esq., of
this city, who has signified his willingness to accept
the same.�{New York Leader.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
  (A bid for office on the part of old Briggs.
He has as much chance of being Consul to Liver-
pool as of becoming Pope, but �ask enough and
you�ll get something.�  �Signified his willingness!�
quotha!  What is there he wouldn�t �accept� in the
way of office?)               
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