The National Era
Unsigned (Gamaliel Bailey)
Washington, D.C.: 2 June 1853

Uncle Tom's Cabin at the South

  The book of Mrs. Stowe is still doing its work as missionary on Christianity and Humanity. It is read at the South, and indications multiply of its good influence. The Atlanta (Georgia) Republican comments on its fairness, and says, "The book has more of the spirit of the missionary than of the abolitionist." A correspondent of the New York Evening Post, under date of "——–," Alabama, May 8th," writes:

  "I have just finished a perusal of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' I read every word to my wife. I will not attempt to describe to you her feelings. She is an Alabamian; I, a Virginian, by birth. We are slaveholders. The moment the steamer with George Harris and Eliza his wife touched the Canada shore, three shouts for liberty, to the tops of our voices, rent the air.

  "Every man, woman, and child, white and black, in the Southern States, can bear testimony to the truth of the portrait which Mrs. Stowe, God bless her! has drawn of slavery. One of not the least excellences of the book is, that a Christian, of the highest style, standing side by side with Wilberforce and Mrs. Hannah More, leads the reader by the hand through the habitations of cruelty that lie before our eyes. He or she can then draw a contrast between the Christian and the mistress and mother, who was some years since a near neighbor of mine, who owned a little negro girl. She would heat the tongs, and pull the flesh off her body with them.

  "I durst affirm, that if his Satanic majesty were put upon his voir dire, he would confess that slavery is one of the works of the devil which Christ was manifested in the flesh to destroy."

  The Christian Advocate published at San Francisco, California, offers a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin to every new subscriber to the Advocate, whereupon the wrath of the editor of the Democratic State Journal is fiercely kindled at this outrage upon public sentiment, and characterizes the offer as "infamous." He "cannot speak upon the subject with patience," and belches forth epithets like a very drab. We venture the assertion that the author of the article in the Journal is a Northern man.