Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

It is hard to believe that England is so near as from your letters it appears; and that this identical piece of paper has lately come all the way from there hither, begrimed with the English dust which made you hesitate to use it; from England, which is only historical fairyland to me, to America, which I have put my spade into, and about which there is no doubt.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, January 12, 1848, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 148, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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