The Independent
New York: 16 December 1852



  The publisher of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" has announced the speedy publication of another work by the same pen, to be entitled a "Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin." The admirers of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" may be assured that the new book will contain a triumphant reply to the many denials and contradictions of Mrs. Stowe's statements which have been thrown out less by Southerners and slaveholders, than by "compromise" men and papers at the North. The evidence on which she relies has been drawn, not from statements of travelers, or from anti-slavery documents, but from the statute-books of slave states, and reports of trials and judicial decisions, as well as from the testimony of southern newspapers. If the book is characterized, as I am sure it will be, by that disposition to do justice to slaveholders, and that deep religious horror of the system under which they act, which are evident in her former work, we may expect results from it of the same sort with those which have already been produced by the "Book of the Age." An interesting feature of the new work is to be a narrative of the historical facts which suggested the plot and the characters of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

  Those who are suspicious of an "anti-evangelical" element in "Uncle Tom," will perhaps be relieved to know the sentiment of so judicious and orthodox a divine as Dr. Wardlaw of Glasgow. A late mail from Europe has brought a communication signed by Dr. Wardlaw on behalf of a committee of ladies and gentlemen at Glasgow, inviting Prof. and Mrs. Stowe to visit England and Scotland at their expense. A speech made at a public meeting of the Glasgow Anti-Slavery Association assures their guests of "a reception as enthusiastic as that of Jenny Lind."

ANDOVER, Dec. 8, 1852.

D. Y. N.