Ada Clare (whose given name was Jane McIlheny) was born in South Carolina.
Clare begins with the announcement that the final installment of Charlotte Bronte's unfinished sketch will appear in the May issue of Harper's Monthly. While Clare has enjoyed the sketch very much, she complains about her dislike of the publication of unfinished works because they cannot satisfy her curiousity and resolve her questions. Clare also mentions Rose Terry's "Miss Muffet and the Spider" and another author's "Rosamond Newcombe" in the same issue. Clare discusses the generally melancholy tones of music and wonders if comic, laughter-inducing music is even possible. Clare also discusses the state of gratitude and favors both in general and in terms of the press.
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