Born in Massachusetts to a family of merchants and seamen, Clapp traveled to Paris to translate the socialist writings of Fourier.
This Feuilleton is written by "John," a man from the country who has recently visited several New York theaters on his wedding trip with his wife Mary Jane. John opens with a discussion of how the loss of Figaro is "no great loss" for the Saturday Press, but sympathizes with his downfall, which was most likely caused by having to praise plays and actors rather than being honest. John gives a brief account of his and Mary Jane's travels around the city, including their disappointments at Wallack's, visiting Niblo's and the Winter Garden, Mary Jane forbidding John to go to the Olympic, and John's fascination with Barnum's.
John writes that the play they saw at Wallack's "wanted an Edmund Kean or a Booth to carry" it (264).
John writes that he heard from the Saturday Press that Figaro "had gone back" on it and that it "is no great loss." John also blames Figaro's mental decay on being forced to write praise for plays and actors when he knew he should write the truth (264).
John writes that his wife Mary Jane wanted to go to Wallack's on their wedding tour (264).
John writes that Mary Jane wanted to go to Wallack's on their wedding tour "to see the darling Lester." Lester, however, was not playing the night they went to the theater (264).
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