The Independent
New York: S. W. Benedict, 10 June 1858


  ...Mr. Chapin, in one of his lectures, makes the following allusion to "Uncle Tom's Cabin:" "A woman takes up her pen to delineate a great social wrong, and the story becomes as the lightning that shines from one end of the heaven to the other. It takes hold of the soul of people as formal logic and sharp statistics never did. The press cannot send it out fast enough. From hand to hand, from land to land, it leaps like sparks of electricity. Translators seize upon it, bards sing it. It is in vain to send out other books to catch and stop it. They do not ride by its side, but are sucked down in its wake."