Nicely threads the needle, as he often does. This is from “What I Saw in America”
Travel ought to combine amusement with instruction; but most travellers are so much amused that they refuse to be instructed. I do not blame them for being amused; it is perfectly natural to be amused at a Dutchman for being Dutch or a Chinaman for being Chinese. Where they are wrong is that they take their own amusement seriously.
PS: Yes, I’m well aware he was an anti-evolutionist! But, also a great writer. C’est la vie.