The Independent
Unsigned Article
New York: 19 August 1852


  UNCLE TOM, TRAVESTY.—The publishers of the book called "Uncle Tom's Cabin as it is," which has been got up by some one to counteract Mrs. H. B. Stowe's wonder-working production, have not seen fit to subject it to our critical notice. The Daily Republic of Buffalo, in which city the book was published, closes a somewhat elaborate criticism by remarking—

  "We do not wish, and do not intend, to say an ill-natured word in relation to this production of Buffalo genius. We heartily wish it were worthy of a more favorable notice; but we should do violence to the literary fame of our young Athens, to the moral sentiments of this community, and to our own conscience, if we should refrain from speaking of it in such terms as truth and fairness dictate. We most heartily regret that such a book, gotten up for such a purpose, should hail from Buffalo; knowing, as we do, that whoever compares it to that gem of literary and moral excellence, which so vividly reflects the refined intellect and loftly genius of Mrs. Stowe, will look upon Buffalo with mingled pity and contempt, and ask intellectually—'How can you bear this literary humiliation?' It is hard to bear, and we submit to it under protest." . . .

  "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN.—We learn that this publication has already reached its one hundredth thousand, with hardly an abatement of the demand. At least four editions have been issued in England, and one is in the press in Canada. A letter from San Francisco states that there are only a few copies of the book in California, the miners in one place were reading it in turns, for which privilege they paid twenty-five cents. 83,000 copies of this popular work have been published in the United States. Probably no book ever had so large a sale in so short a period.