The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 7 July 1853


  The Maine Law has triumphed in Michigan. The vote in favor of the prohibition of licenses for the sale of liquors, is about two to one, or nearly 25,000 majority. This is the most decided vote yet given in favor of the law, and Michigan is the first Western state to adopt it. . . .

  Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Mrs. Stowe, has written a note, correcting an erroneous statement going around the papers, that Mrs. Stowe had determined to give the proceeds of Uncle Tom's Cabin to the education of colored people. He says:

  "This was no statement of mine. Will you publish the paragraph as it appeared in the Independent of June 2?

  "'A word upon the pecuniary offerings to Mrs. Stowe in England. It is well known to many that Mrs. Stowe, has from the first, desired to turn whatever influence this work might give her, to the elevation of the African race. The plan which has been most in her thoughts has been a seminary in which persons of African descent may be thoroughly educated, not merely in literary and scientific courses, but in practical arts, by which they might secure and maintain a proper place in society. To the founding of such an institution she had determined to contribute much of her income; and the hope of securing greater interest for it, was one among the chief reasons for her tour. The generous contributions in money, made to her in Great Britain, are not understood by either party, but certainly not by Mrs. Stowe, to be for her own private and personal use, but to be employed for the Education and Elevation of the Free Colored People of the North.'

  "That Mrs. Stowe has given much, and will give more, of her income to the aid of those for whom she has written, is true; but she has not set apart her whole income to them. She retains the right of employing her means as her judgement may dictate; and it will subject her to unfriendly criticism to let the impression go abroad that she has alienated her literary earnings from personal uses, and consecrated them to a specific charity. H. W. B."