The Liberator
[Unsigned Reprint]
Boston: 8 October 1852


From the New York Independent

  NEW ORLEANS, August 18, 1852

  To the Editors of The Independent:

  GENTLEMEN:—When Uncle Tom's Cabin was first issued, it was predicted in your paper that it would be read in New Orleans, and it has indeed found its way here, and numbers of our citizens have, as with avidity they perused its deeply interesting narratives, been alternately moved to tears, or convulsed with laughter.

  I sent to New York for the book, and when I carried it home and laid it upon the table, it was taken up and read by a young Southern friend then present, who has trafficked in slaves; and he soon remarked, 'this description is true to the life; the writer must have had some personal experience of slavery.' He asked and obtained the first loan of the book. Since then, it has been going the rounds, and before one is through, it is engaged by another.

  Our papers occasionally copy notices of the work, such as the extent of the sales, the profits of the author, &c.—but I have only one notice upon the merits of the book, and that was in the Bulletin, whose editor pronounced it 'a pack of lies!' But I will venture the assertion, that he never read the book, and probably never saw it. My own view is that Mrs. Stowe has presented the institution of slavery in too favorable a light. As to the truthfulness of the barbarities she described, abundant confirmation may be had by any who will take the trouble to collect facts. This very day, a Southern lady, a slaveholder, detailed to me scenes of cruelty she had witnessed, equaling in atrocity the worst representation in Uncle Tom's Cabin.