H. J. Seymour
Brooklyn: 23 April 1853

Wallingford, April 20, 1853.

  —I was particularly interested in the items in a late Circular, about 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' It is refreshing to see how God is taking possession of new channels to communicate his power to the world. Novel reading has long been the horror of orthodox morality, and perhaps with good reason, as things have been; but God has certainly made great use of Mrs. Stowe's fiction to wake up a good spirit. The fact that it has excited a taste for the Bible in France, reflects much to its honor. I once read of a man in Paris who wanted to obtain a Bible, but could not find one in any of the public places or libraries. The Bible and novels are the two extremes of literature, but they have met and shaken hands together.

  Father Gavazzi's lectures are another evidence that God is pushing the Bible into public notice and favor. How clearly these movements justify the wisdom of Mr. Noyes in his zeal for the Bible, when he defended it against the storm of infidelity that threatened some years ago to sweep all before it. A different kind of breeze is now blowing. It has in it the breath of heaven.

  God has been organizing a great system of agencies, in the improvements of the age, to give free course to his book; and now the taste for novel reading comes in to contribute its influence. Those who rely on the old paraphernalia of Sunday religion, will have to bestir themselves or they will be left far in the rear in the heavenward march of improvement. 'God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.' No matter how insignificant any means may appear, or how much it may have been abused by the devil, with the inspiration of God in it, it is mighty to the pulling down of the strong holds of Satan.