New York Observer and Chronicle
New York: 23 November 1854

  IDA MAY, A Tale of the Actual and the Possible; by Mary Langdon. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co.

  Mrs. Stowe was announced as the author of this novel, and some chapters read as if they might have come from her pen. But we saw that it was from another hand before we were half through it. As a work of art it it superior to Uncle Tom, but its individual pictures of the evils of Slavery are not so vividly drawn. There is more truth and less fiction in Ida May: it is a thrilling narrative, following a white child into Southern Slavery, and keeping the mind stretched with the inquiry if it is hard for a white person to suffer this, why is it not equally bitter for the black? The Boston Times, comparing it to Uncle Tom's Cabin, says: "As a story, the work is as much superior to its predecessor, as it is inferior to it in vividness, energy and interest."