New York Independent [unsigned]
1869: September 30

We do not mean to say that Mark Twain is the best of American humorists, for we do not think so, although the list is not very long; and yet he has found publishers in the American Publishing Company (Hartford) for a large octavo volume, entitled "The Innocents Abroad," which gives a very humorous account of his experiences and that of the party which sailed in the "Quaker City" two years ago for a visit to Europe and the Holy Land. The volume contains many shrewd things, and not a few that are funny; and, although it does not claim to represent the highest type of literary work, it fulfills what it does claim, and gives a much more truthful idea, we doubt not, of life and scenes abroad than many a more pretentious book. We doubt not it will find many readers.

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