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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 163, April 19, 1860

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Identifier: DX02945513

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 163, April 19, 1860

Description: Regarding the personality and writings of Charles Briggs.



That old rogue, [Charles] Briggs.

Briggs, [Charles] Gayler and [Charles] Rosenberg! a delightful triumvirate! Just the old story. From [Henry] 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 articles political will be. He goes in for office and other indirect bribery, don’t believe in honesty and pluck, in short. Besides one regular, inevitable 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 [William Makepeace] Thackeray, apropos of his noble tribute, in the “Cornhill” to Washington Irving. This is what Briggs loves to do, underhand depreciation of better men than himself. The man is an old hack literateur

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-04-19

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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