Born in Massachusetts to a family of merchants and seamen, Clapp traveled to Paris to translate the socialist writings of Fourier.
This celebratory description of the bohemian scene at Pfaff's depicts the bar as a sanctuary in an otherwise chaotic city. It continues, "This is the capital of BOHEMIA; this little room is the rallying-place of the subjects of King Devilmaycare; this is the anvil from which fly the brightest scintillations of the hour; this is the womb of the best things that society has heard for many-a-day; this is the trysting-place of the most careless, witty, and jovial spirits of New York,—journalists, artists, and poets."
Clapp is not mentioned by name here, but there is a description of "the king" of bohemia sitting atop his throne.
Pfaff is not mentioned by name in this article (other than in reference to his bar), but a "German Mercury" is described as bringing food, beer, and tobacco to the bohemians as they begin their revels.
The Vault at Pfaff's
27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015