The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 9 December 1852


  The second number of the first volume of a paper, styled "The Northern Farmer," issued and edited by T.B. Miner, at Utica, New York, has been furnished us by a friend. It professes on its titlepage to be devoted to "Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Bees, Poultry," &c., but, judging from an article in the number before us, it has another object, which is the demoralization of public sentiment on the question of Slavery. The article is an editorial review of the controversy between Dr. Parker and Mrs. Stowe. The editor takes the New York Observer as his model, denounces Mrs. Stowe as guilty of libel, Mr. Beecher as guilty of forgery, and holds up Dr. Parker as a model of the Christian virtues. "A more self-conceited, self-righteous fanatic," he says, "never existed than H. W. Beecher." He is fierce against Uncle Tom's Cabin—"the whole tendency of this work," he says, "is anti-Christian, and aims to disgrace the clergy. Its success has been wholly owing to a morbid taste for the marvellous, and not to any real merit as a literary production. The London Times has given it its deserts, and the sober second thoughts of the people are against it. Like Kossuth, it had its day—and like Kossuth, it will soon rest in eternal oblivion. Like Kossuth, it has robbed the people of the money that had better have been spent for bread; and like Kossuth, the authoress will retire to spend the proceeds, unhonored and unwept."

  We have quoted enough to expose the character of this misnamed "Northern Farmer." Under the garb of devotion to the interests of agriculture, it is a miserable pro-slavery print. Had it announced that it intended, while attending to agriculture, to make war against the Anti-Slavery sentiment of the North, it would at least have been entitled to the credit of boldness—and we should not have noticed it—but, the farmers ought to be put on their guard against a periodical which, while professing devotion to their peculiar interests, insidiously assails their peculiar principles.