The National Era
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Washington, D.C.: 14 October 1852

  UNCLE TOM'S CABIN.—A correspondent at Washington, Pa., writes:

  "Uncle Tom's Cabin is now denounced by time-serving preachers, as a meretricious work. Will you not come out in defence of it, and roll back the tide of vituperation?"

  We should as soon think of coming out in defence of Shakspeare. The people everywhere have stamped it, good and great. Of the first edition, large type and beautifully embellished, thirty thousand copies, it is stated, have been sold in England; of the shilling, railway edition, ninety-five thousand; of the illustrated penny editions, thirteen of which have been issued, twenty-five thousand, weekly. And in the London Morning Advertiser of Sept. 29th, Uncle Tom's Cabin is announced to be played in two of the theatres of that city, viz; the "Royal Victoria" and the "Great National Standard Theatre."

  In this country, its circulation, we know, is unparalleled. By a note from the publishers, we learn that a translation into German, by one of the best German scholars of the country, is now nearly completed, and will soon be put to press. They hope to get it out at 50 cents a copy, so as to place it in the hands of every reading German in the United States. They also say that they are preparing a superb edition for Christmas and New Year's, to contain 100 engravings, in the highest style of art, from original designs by Billings.

  A work which has set all the world to talking about, which is circulated by hundreds of thousands, which is passing into other languages, which is set to music, and which is dramatized, and the demand for which is increasing every hour, needs no defence against any assailant.