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THE LATE JOHN GRIGG, ESQ.
JOHN GRIGG, Esq.
IN 1816 a young man, twenty-four
years of age, came to Philadelphia and assumed the position of a clerk in the
Publishing House of Warner & Johnson. His life thus far had been for the most
part an adventure. Left an orphan at six in Cornwall, England, be began with the
world as a farmer's boy. But there was a spirit of enterprise with in him which
overleaped the limits of the farm. Looking out upon the sea from the Cornish
coast, he thought he saw harvests of brighter promise; and at twelve he began to
seek a sailor's fortunes. Soon tired of this field of labor, he came to
Richmond, Virginia. Here we find him engaged in
a survey of the State before he was yet out of his teens. Leaving Virginia for
Ohio, we next find him a clerk in a Judiciary court, and afterward
superintendent of a woolen factory.
This young man was JOHN GRIGG,
Esq., long known as the enterprising Philadelphia publisher and bookseller, and
whose portrait is here given. He came to Philadelphia, as we have said, at the
age of twenty-four. Here he resided until his death, August 2, 1864. Serving
Warner & Johnson seven years as a clerk, he, in 1823, commenced publishing on
his own account, securing immediately the patronage of the firm with which he
had been connected, and which, by the death of WARNER, had been dissolved. He
had closed up the business of this. firm, and his sagacity and perfect integrity
soon built up his own fortunes. In eight years his business was so large that he
was induced to take Mr. HUGH ELLIOTT as partner. In 1847 three younger partners
were also introduced. In 1850 Grigg & Elliott sold out to their juniors, Messrs.
Lippincott & Willis, and the firm was styled J. B. Lippincott & Co.
At his retirement Mr. GRIGG was
fifty - eight years of age. He was married to Miss M'CLELLAN'S, sister of the
surgeon, and aunt of General
GEORGE B. McCLELLAN. He was a man possessed of
a very genial disposition—as characteristic for positive
benevolence as for good humor.
Although a millionaire, the modesty of his youth never gave place to the
swaggering boldness or the curt manners which so frequently distinguish the very
wealthy. Money only gave him the opportunity to exhibit the inherent nobility of
his nature. For the most winning traits of his character he was know only to
associates, but his public spirit endeared him to all.
Mr. GRIGG was also a man of
cultivated tastes. Music and poetry delighted him, and in the latter his
judgment was very good. But the strong development of his understanding gave him
a keen relish for history and biography. And, as in all cases where the judgment
is superior, his memory was remarkable. It was in immediate connection with
these mental characteristics that those habits of method were developed which,
though they never create, yet chiefly secure and regulate success.
After he retired from the
publishing business he was engaged until his death as a private banker, and in
the management of his large fortune, which included real estate in Philadelphia,
Illinois, and Mississippi. But he was always especially interested in the Book
Trade, with which his fortunes had been so intimately connected. He died at the
age of seventy - two, leaving many friends to mourn his loss, and leaving on
record an example not only of enviable success but of inestimable worth.
NASSAU, N. P.
NASSAU, New Providence, of which
we give a view on this page, is a point of great interest at this time as the
principal rendezvous of the Anglo Confederate blockade runners. A correspondent
says of the place:
The enterprise of British
merchants"— an enterprise, we may remark, which no honorable nation would care
to justify—" has lined its quays with long, light-colored, rakish-looking
steamers, discharging their rich freights of cotton that have run the gauntlet
through the Federal cruisers off Wilmington. The voyage front the (Next
NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE, THE PRINCIPAL RENDEZVOUS OF
THE ANGLO-CONFEDERATE BLOCKADE-RUNNERS.