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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 141, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03314770

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 141, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding Charles F. Briggs and Park Benjamin.


from [Charles F.] Briggs, who tapped me on the shoulder one morning and complimented me on my (!) article in the Constellation. I believe he was trying the dodge in order to get confirmation, or information, 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 [Fitz James] 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 [George] 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. [George] 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 examination and the article, which Benjamin subsequently 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

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Aristocracy (Social class)


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