Frederick Douglass' Paper
Rochester: 31 December 1852


  An Episcopal Clergyman of this diocese, writing from Cambridge, England, on the 3d of Nov., thus speaks of the excitement caused by this work in all circles. We trust that his fellow clergy at home will not fail to read the volume which their reverend brother thus characterizes:

  "Uncle Tom's Cabin is still selling. It is a marvellous book—a revolutionary book. It is really wonderful how it has influenced not only a tender vein in our common nature, but also art, in its various departments.—Cruikshank is now illustrating it in an admirable manner. The music shops are full of songs and melodies about and from Uncle Tom. The great run at the theatres is owing to the representation of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The windows are full of beautiful illustrations of the various scenes in it; and, by the way, the book is full of pictures. Passing through Cheapside the other day, all of a sudden, I saw in a window, a sable face, with bright eyes, shining teeth, with a most quizzical comical expression—undersigned in large letters— "Topsy."

  All the talk here in circles is about the book. I spent Sunday evening with one of the high men here and all the conversation was about it, and I see in the Daily News of to day, that a penny subscription is being raised to present Mrs. Stowe with a testimonial."