WHERE UNCLE TOM’S CABIN WAS BUILT
Mr. Oliver Johnson thus writes to the Springfield Republican: "It is not a matter of primary importance, but it will be well to correct your error as to the place where 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was written, which was certainly not Andover, but Brunswick, Me., where the author’s husband was at the time a Professor in Bowdoin College. My authority for this statement is a lady sitting before me as I write, to whom Mrs. Stowe herself read the major portion of the great novel while it was yet in manuscript. She was a resident of Brunswick down to the time when the work appeared in book form. Subsequently, when Mrs. Stowe was called to a professorship at Andover, the family removed to that place and to the house just destroyed by fire. It was publicly stated at the time, and is probably true, that the house was paid for out of the proceeds of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' There it was, I presume, that 'Dred,' 'The Minister’s Wooing' and other books of Mrs. Stowe were written. There, too, she compiled the famous 'Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin,' wherein the accuracy of that immortal work as a picture of the worst features of slavery was vindicated by proofs strong as Holy Writ."