The New York Times
18 September 1852


  The work which is now exciting a most vivid interest among all classes here is "Uncle Tom's Cabin," of which five or six editions, some as low as six pence for the entire tale, are already before the public. Uncle Tom is not quite so tremendous a hit in England as with you, but its vivid portraiture of Negro life, and the multitude of stirring incidents so graphically presented and described, will amply account for the powerful sensation it has produced. The character of the work will secure for it an immense circle of readers, especially as its reputation has already reached the point which imposes a perusal as a matter of necessity. It is possible, however, that a much more impartial estimate of its merits may be found in England, where it will have no pro-Slavery prejudices to contend with, whatever margin may have to be made for the anti-Slavery exaggeration. The statement of profits derived by the authoress for her work, as given by a Boston paper, is enough to make the mouths of our litterateurs water; and to the sum named might be added a goodly amount obtained from the sale in this country, were the much talked of international copyright treaty in existence.