Born in Massachusetts to a family of merchants and seamen, Clapp traveled to Paris to translate the socialist writing
Figaro writes this Feuilleton primiarlily to resign his position as Dramatic Feuilletonist" and leaves the job to "younger, and brighter, and better hands" (200). Figaro claims that he has wanted to say "Adieu" to his "theatrical and operatic friends" for a while, but circumstances have finally compelled him to take this decisive step. He assures his Editor and readers, however, that there will still be plenty of his writing in the Saturday Press. Figaro also mentions that he has already chosen a very worthy successor.
Figaro assures Mr. Editor that there will be plenty of him in other sections of the Saturday Press, even though he has resigned from writing the Dramatic Feuilleton (200).
Figaro suggests printing something from Whitman's "Drum Taps" to give the Feuilleton humorous material. He also notes that "a friend at my elbow, who sometimes gets off a good thing" claims that the poems "are written in vexameters" (200).
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