The Daily Tribune
New York: 19 September 1853

  "Uncle Tom's Cabin" has become almost world-wide in its currency and fame. Hardly less than One Million copies of it have been printed in various countries, and the work of translation and multiplication today goes on with unflagging energy. It is nightly played at not less than half-a-dozen theaters, and attracts crowded houses at the National in this City, where it has been played exclusively for a term longer than any distinct consciousness on our part that there was a National Theater in this City. Songs founded on its more affecting incidents are beginning to be sung at nearly every house, and we expect yet to witness Uncle Tom transfigured in a grand Italian opera—perhaps with Mario as Uncle Tom, Grisi as Eliza and the latest successful debutante as the gentle Eva. We hear that a Mr. Hays, a painter in India, is preparing a series of fifty pictures or scenes representing the entire story from the first to the last chapter. It is highly spoken of by those who have seen it; but how competent or how impartial it may be, we have no means of determining. It will in due season be exhibited.