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The Liberator
Unsigned Reprint
Boston: 11 June 1852

From the Pennsylvanian.

NOVELS AND THEIR INFLUENCES.

  Under the above caption, the New York Mirror of Tuesday last has a well-written article. The editor of the Mirror pays particular attention to a work being published by Jewett & Co., New York, written by Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, entitled 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' This work, through the exertion of the Abolitionists, has obtained an immense circulation. It is said that the sale of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' has already reached fifty thousand copies, and that arrangements have been made to print ten thousand copies per week. Immense exertions are being made by the abolitionists to circulate the work, and for this purpose a resolution highly laudatory of the book was introduced by the Anti-Slavery Society, in the meeting held in New York City last week.

  The abolitionists everywhere are exulting in the sale of this pernicious work. The Pittsburgh Gazette says:

  'We rejoice to see this extensive circulation of Mrs. Stowe's admirable book, partly on her own account, but much more on account of the cause it was written to promote—the downfall of slavery.'

  It therefore behooves the friends of the Union, and we class among the friends of the Union all who love our country and its glorious institutions, and hate the despotism of the old world, to be up and doing, in making every effort to counteract the book, and one way to do this we will presently show.

  The enthusiastic abolition fanatics know full well that the great mass of the people cannot be induced to listen to their mad ravings, or read their essays; they therefore expect, through cunningly written fictions, to instil treasonous ideas, and keep up the agitation which has so long disturbed the peace of the people of our fair land—hence the active exertions to scatter broadcast over the country Mrs. Stowe's work.

  In order to meet the fallacies of this abolition tale, it would be well if the friends of the Union would array fiction against fiction. Meet the disunionists with their own chosen weapon, and they are foiled.

  Mrs. Stowe's work does not meet with such a ready sale on account of the polished and seductive manner in which it is written, as much as it does for its abolition notions. It is this that causes their leaders in the assembly, and in their private walks, to recommend 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' and urge its extensive circulation.

  The friends of the Union have no work of fiction enforcing and defending the guaranties of the Constitution, or advocating the rights of our Southern brethren; but the sooner we have, the better; the people love light attractive reading, and it is in disseminating works of this kind that the fancy is pleased and the mind influenced.