The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 11 August 1853


  We are always specially pleased when we have occasion to record the signs of progress in the Southern States, and take occasion to present a few of these items of interest to our readers. A correspondent at the south writes thus to the National Intelligencer:

  "We are in earnest in regard to the education of our youth at home, and Northern institutions of learning will feel that we are so. We are in earnest in regard to aiding individuality, and by community of sentiment, the publishing of school books and works for religious instruction, under Southern supervision. We are in earnest in regard to giving the Press such a position, by the contribution of wealth and talent, as to show the world that the South is not yet in a state of mental subjection."

  The Natchez Mirror, in noticing the fact that Mrs. Stowe makes from fifty to one hundred thousand dollars out of Uncle Tom's Cabin, says:

  "Mr. Fletcher has written the ablest, most learned, and critical defence of slavery which ever appeared in print, and is will bring the publisher in debt; while the "Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin," which has just arrived, is going off rapidly."

  We cannot unite in the lamentations of the Mirror, though Mr. Fletcher's publisher probably will. . . .