The Liberator
[Unsigned Reprint]
Boston: 8 October 1852


  We have perused this much-extolled novel with feelings of disappointment. As a high-wrought tale of fiction, it is well enough, but as a truthful representation of the institutions of the South, it is wide from the truth. It is popular; so is Robinson Crusoe, and for the same reason. Men who are filled with hatred for the South, and who have got tired of the old mode of attacking that section of our Union, are quite glad to gratify their feelings by a new assault upon the whole South. And to a large number it would be impossible to convince them that all Mrs. Stowe says is not true, as to convince the young reader that Robinson Crusoe is not a real history.

  A Fourient, a Come-outer, a maligner of the marriage institutions, could visit Boston, select isolated cases of hypocritical church members, bad husbands, unfaithful wives and cruel parents, and then write a book about our institutions, based upon such cases in the same style of the Log Cabin, and make out a picture of life among us, social, domestic, and religious, as truthful as Mrs. Stowe's and as frightful. We all remember 'Borrow's Bible in Spain;' it had a tremendous run. It was a novel for good people. They were glad of it, and would be glad to have another. For the same reason, 'Life among the Lowly' is popular. —Boston Daily Chronicle