The Liberator
[Unsigned Reprint]
Boston: 8 October 1852


  We have before us a London edition of Mrs. Stowe's book, compressed into one volume of 320 pages. Its high colorings and overwrought descriptions are having just the effect in England that might have been expected to have. The British Abolitionists—with white slaves in their own metropolis ten times more degraded and in bondage than the negroes of the South—have always denounced and vilified our country and its institutions in the most outrageous and indecent manner. Mrs. Stowe's book is food for such, and they can quote an American author in support of their most absurd and extravagant charges. The 'Preface to the English edition' is written in the true Thompsonian spirit. It says, 'the sooner the story is circulated in every country and village where English can be read, the sooner must the dreadful realities it chronicles be mere traditions to wonder over. Until, however, this consummation be effected, in so far as she is criminal, it is vain to assert for the United States greatness or any share in the progress of the world. Commercial greatness we are willing to allow her but prosperous infamy is not palliated infamy.' Such is the character which Mrs. Stowe's fictions, received as facts, give our country abroad. To do away with such impressions—to give a 'plain unvarnished tale,' 'setting down nought in malice and nothing extenuating,' is the purpose of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin as it is'—to give scenes in real life, instead of fancy sketches and portraits drawn by an imagination deeply prejudiced and intent on making a faking story.—Buffalo Cour.