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The Independent
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New York: 5 November 1857

[from] METHODIST.

  ..."Uncle Tom."—The Charleston Courier denies the story that "Rev. Samuel Green of Cambridge, Dorchester county, Md, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, has been sent to the State Prison for ten years, for having in his possession a copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"—the editor adding: "Uncle Tom's Cabin is read at the South by whoever chooses to read it—not secretly, but openly."

  Zion's Herald was the first to make the charge above mentioned, and we shall be very happy to retract it whenever evidence is given that it is a mistake. Unhappily we know too well that it is a fact. The assertion that "Uncle Tom's Cabin is read at the South by whoever chooses to read it," is very absurd, when in that very state it is a criminal offense to teach a slave to read. The Rev. Samuel Green, a Methodist minister of the "Northern" M. E. Church, we think, was not one of the kind of men that are permitted to "choose"—he is a colored man.—Zion's Herald.