New York Daily Times
Unsigned Reprint
28 June 1853

Northern Writers and Southern Reviewers.

From the Detroit Daily Advertiser.


  The New-York TIMES of Wednesday, commences the publication of a review of Mrs. STOWE’s great work under the title of "a glance at Uncle Tom’s Cabin," from the pen, (as the TIMES states,) of a "Southern gentleman, a lawyer of distinction, an accomplished scholar, who has filled very high public stations," &c. &c. The review bears intrinsic evidence of talent, of clear views, of a warm heart and of a mind not overborne by prejudice, and is altogether the most just and logical attempt to analyze this great work, which has fallen under our observation. There seems to have been an incubus resting upon all attempts of the Northern press, and of Northern writers generally with relation to this work. A bitter ultraism has marked every such attempt, evincing either an ignorance of Southern life and manners, and a bitter hostility to the South upon the one hand, or still more disgusting, less discriminating sycophantic panegyric of them upon the other. The first class of these writers seem to have forgotten that there have ever lived South of Mason and Dixon’s line, men who have looked calmly, dispassionately, and at the same time suspiciously and rebukingly upon Slavery, and all means tending to its perpetuity, or calculated to render the Nation accountable for its extension. They seem to have forgotten that JOHN RANDOLPH, of Roanoke in the clear tones of eloquence which stirred all hearts, spoke of the institution of Slavery as a curse and a wrong, and one of the last acts of his, freed and provided for those which Providence had placed under his control. They have forgotten HENRY CLAY, who, though a Southern man, needed but to have yielded up the convictions of his own heart and conscience to the exactions of slavery, to have placed him where the best men of all parties at heart wished to see him—in the Presidential chair. They have forgotten ZACHARY TAYLOR, whose iron nerves were unshaken even before the frown, and under the imprecations of the slave power. They have forgotten EDWARD STANLEY, JOHN BELL, and hundred other good and true Southern men easily named, who have spurned bribes and defied threats upon the stump and in the Hall of Congress, whenever and wherever their aid was sought to extend wider that institution which they felt to be wide and wicked enough already. Now one of the purposes sub-served by this Southern Review, of which we speak, is to remind such persons that there does exist in the Southern States, an influential and most elevated class of persons, who look upon the evils of Slavery not perhaps with abolition bitterness, but at least with concern and disapprobation.

  We take the author of this review to be one of that class, and as such we have read what he had to say with satisfaction and advantage.