From "Innocents Abroad," Mark Twain's Famous Soliloquy at the Tomb of Adam in the Holy Land

November, 1870

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From "Innocents Abroad," Mark Twain's Famous Soliloquy at the Tomb of Adam in the Holy Land
Autograph Quotation Signed
1 page | SMC 1682

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      From the Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens) Famous Soliloquy at the Tomb of Adam in the Holy Land:

      The grave of Adam! How touching it was, here in a land of strangers, far away from home, & friends, & all who cared for me thus to discover the grave of a blood relation. True, a distant one, but still a relation.  The unerring instinct of nature thrilled in recognition.  The fountain of my filial affection was stirred to its profoundest depths, & I gave way to tumultuous emotion


      One word here is at variance with the published version, viz., Clemens refers to “the grave of Adam” whereas the actual text reads “tomb of Adam.”


      Autograph Quotation Signed (twice: as “Samuel L. Clemens” and “Mark Twain”); 1 page, octavo, Buffalo, November (no day), 1870.
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