The Liberator
[Unsigned; probably William Lloyd Garrison]
Boston: 8 October 1852

  'AUNT PHILLIS'S CABIN.'—Of this work, recently published with a design to counteract the influence of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' the Philadelphia Christian Observer, a New School Presbyterian paper, says:

  'The incidents of the story are highly interesting. In the cabin of Aunt Phillis we find no 'raw heads and bloody bones'—nothing like the creatures seen the other day in Uncle Tom's Cabin, (but never at the South,) little colored girls using New England provincialisms—but we find around Aunt Phillis just such colored people, old and young, as one will often meet with in many estimable families in Virginia and Maryland. The work merits the special attention of those who have been inside 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' It will be read with great avidity.'

  The following paragraphs are from the Preface to 'Aunt Phillis's Cabin, or, Southern Life as it is:'

  'Slavery, authorized by God, permitted by Jesus Christ, sanctioned by the apostles, maintained by good men of all ages, is still existing in a portion of our beloved country. How long it will continue or whether it will ever cease, the Almighty Ruler of the universe can alone determine.

  'I do not intend to give a history of Abolition. Born in fanaticism, nurtured in violence and disorder, it exists too. Turning aside the institutions and commands of God, treading under foot the love of country, despising the laws of nature and the nation, it is dead to every feeling of patriotism and brotherly kindness; full of strife and pride, strewing the path of the slave with thorns, and of the master with difficulties, accomplishing nothing good, forever creating disturbance.'

  And this work, the Philadelphia Christian Observer approves, and commends to its readers, as deserving special attention!