The New York Evangelist
Unsigned Article
New York: 9 December 1852

[From] New Publications.

  FRANK FREEMAN'S BARBER-SHOP; a tale. By Rev. Baynard R. Hall. C. Scribner.

  The most easily comprehensible description we could give of this book is, that it is intended as a reply to Uncle Tom's Cabin. It undertakes to show, not by way of facts, but by fiction, that slaves are much better off in bondage than they would be free. Instances of intense toadyism to slavery are so common, that the only thing noticeable in this is its source. Through written with considerable force, and possessing not a little humor, it will do no harm, for it essays a hopeless task.