Frederick Douglass' Paper
Unsigned Reprint
Rochester: 22 April 1853

The Uncle Tom's Cabin Deputation.

From the Independent

  Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe sailed for Europe in the Niagara from Boston, on Wednesday last, accompanied by her husband, Prof. Calvin E. Stowe, D. D., of Andover, and her brother, Rev. Charles Beecher of Newark. They may be called the "Uncle Tom's Cabin Deputation," as they go out in acceptance of numerous invitations from the philanthropists of Europe, who are desirous of testifying their respects in person to the author of that extraordinary work.—They will be received everywhere not as private but as public persons, travelling as the representatives of "Uncle Tom" and his down-trodden people. From accounts in the English papers we infer that they are to be met at Liverpool by a Committee of gentlemen, headed by the Earls of Carlisle and Shaftesbury, bearing a testimonial signed by five hundred thousand British women, of all ranks. Also, by a deputation from Birmingham bearing the avails of the Testimonial Fund, raised by contributions from the readers of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Also, by a Committee from Glasgow, (where the invitation originated.) To escort them to that city, which will be greatly moved to give the cortege a suitable reception. After visiting Edinburgh, they will go to London to attend some of the religious anniversaries, where other honors await them, such as have been accorded to no American, and to no woman before except she wore a crown. The Duchess of Sutherland, uninfluenced by the scurrility of a portion of the American press, has arranged that Stafford House, one of the most magnificent residences of the nobility in London, shall be placed at Mrs. Stowe's services for her levees. So opens the second year of the history of the wonderful book!