The Washington Post
Rev. J. H. Ward
Washington, D.C.: 1 August 1896

Instant Power of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

  Rev. Ja[illegible]us H. Ward, in the Forum.

  While no one should underestimate the great services of men like Garrison and Phillips and Parker and Sumner, who cast their fortunes into the effort to free the slave. It is the truth to say that all their efforts were but a drop in the bucket compared with the stir and power that were in "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Never in human history has a work devoted to a great cause had such an instantaneous effect. Byron came down to Frankfurt one morning and found himself famous, and Mrs. Stowe, hoping that the sale of her story might relieve her poverty found herself in receipt of $40,000 within four months from the time of its publication, and the most famous woman living. It was enough to turn the head of any one to meet with this success, but it had been written to her heart's blood, and she felt that she was an instrument in the hands of God. In all, she received for "Uncle Tom's Cabin" about $40,000, and had been able to avail herself of English and foreign copyrights she might have been one of the richest women living. The right of dramatization would alone have brought her a fortune to say nothing of what the story itself would have done but this was not to be and it is a painful fact that she leaves her family to-day in comparative poverty.