June 21, 2017

Mark Twain's 4th of July Address


I thank you for the compliment which has just been tendered me, and to show my appreciation of it I will not afflict you with many words.

It is pleasant to celebrate in this peaceful way, upon this old mother soil, the anniversary of an experiment which was born of war with this same land so long ago, and wrought out to a successful issue by the devotion of our ancestors. It has taken nearly a hundred years to bring the English and Americans into kindly and mutually appreciative relations, but I believe it has been accomplished at last.