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

  Rev. Wm. L. McCalla, who was born and brought up in a slave State, has written a warm eulogistic "apology for his beloved and esteemed friend, Uncle Tom," in reply to an attack in the Presbyterian, which paper declines to publish the "apology." We make room for the closing paragraphs of this scathing letter:

  "But she [Mrs. Stowe] has scandalized American institutions. Yes; she had scandalized the burlesque chivalry of America, which glories in crushing the innocent and helpless, instead of redressing their wrongs. She has scandalized the grand Compromise, which turns the free Northern white man into a whipper-in for a Southern driver.

  "But Uncle Tom is a most destructive weapon against light and liberty and religion. Not so fast. If it were so, the Pope would flood Italy with a translation, and feast the writer in the Vatican. Why has he honored the book with his prohibition? Because it is the most powerful plea of the age for that liberty which he bleeds, and for that Bible which he burns."