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BRIGGS, Charles Frederick, author, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 1804" died in Brooklyn, New York, 20 June, 1877. He removed to New York early in life, and was there connected with the press many years. He began the publication of the " Broadway Journal" in 1844, and in the following year Edgar A. Poe became his associate editor. From 1853 till 1856, in connection with George William Curtis and Parke Godwin, he was an editor of "Putnam's Magazine," and was also an editor of the new series begun in 1869. He was also connected with the "New York Times " and the "Evening Mirror," in which he published a series of humorous letters signed "Fernando Mendez Pinto." He was afterward employed in the customhouse, and in 1870 joined the editorial staff of the Brooklyn "Union," of which he was chief editor in 1874. In the latter part of 1874 he became an attaché of the New York "Independent," where he continued till his death. He published "Harry Franco; a Tale of the Great Panic" (1839)" "The Haunted Merchant" (1843); "Working a Passage, or Life on a Liner" (1844); "Trippings of Tom Pepper" (1847); and, in connection with A. Maverick, "History of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable" (1858). These works are largely humorous, and deal with life in New York city. Mr. Briggs also wrote a few pieces of poetry, some of which appeared in "Putnam's Magazine," and others in a volume of selections entitled "Seaweeds from the Shores of Nantucket" (Boston, 1853).
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