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Matthew James Higgins (1810-1868), Author of 'Jacob Omnium' and journalist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Higgins' s first publication was Jacob Omnium, the Merchant Prince, a satire on mercantile dishonesty published in New Monthly Magazine in 1845. W.M. Thackeray contributed to the same issue; the men met, when both enquired about the other's nom de plume, and became close friends. Higgins wrote for The Times under a variety of pseudonyms, including Jacob Omnium, Civilian, Paterfamilias, West Londoner, Belgravian Mother, Mother of Six and John Barleycorn. He was a prominent social figure, well known for his writing, and a member of many metropolitan clubs and societies, including the Philobiblon Society and the Cosmopolitan Club.