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The "splenetic journalistic Fred" mentioned in the poem may be Charles Frederick Briggs.
Briggs wrongly published a statement naming Fitz-James O'Brien as an heir to the title borne by Smith O'Brien's brother, Lord Inchiquin. Fitz-James bore no relation to this family.
Winter wrote about Briggs in his book Old Friends.
In 1853, Briggs edited Putnam's Magazine with George William Curtis.
Daly worked at The Courier while Briggs was in charge of it.
Briggs worked with Poe at the Broadway Journal, but the partnership did not work well. Poe bought out Briggs through an arrangement with Horace Greeley, then ran the paper himself, albeit less successfully.
Briggs accepted several of Poe's submissions to the Broadway Journal and eventually made him an associate editor.
Briggs was one of the "brilliant corps of assistant editors" hired by Henry J. Raymond of the Times in 1852.
Briggs worked as an editor at the New York Times and was put in charge of the paper when Henry J. Raymond when to Europe.
A poem by Fawcett remembering his old friends from Pfaff's mentions "splenetic journalistic Fred", who may be Charles Frederick Briggs.
Decades after his death, Briggs and Thomas English were named by Stoddard as Poe's "Bohemian friends."
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