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The Independent
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New York: 20 May 1852

PETTY LARCENY.

  The following advertisement appears in the circular of a publishing house in Buffalo:

A BOOK FOR THE TIMES!

  NOW in press, and to be published about the first of July next, to contain 400 or more 12mo pages; illustrated and neatly bound, entitled

LIFE AT THE SOUTH,

"UNCLE TOM'S CABIN"

AS IT IS.

Being Narratives, Scenes and Incidents in

THE REAL "LIFE OF THE LOWLY."

BY W. L. G. SMITH, ESQ.

The object of the author is to represent the condition of the slave in his rude but comfortable cabin, his daily occupations and pastimes, the relations between master and slave, the mistaken impulses and misconceived views of the Northern Philanthropists, &c. &c., and to represent the passions and sentiments in their natural forms, as the same are displayed in the humblest lot in human society, thus showing that, in the case of the slave at least, contentment bestows more happiness than freedom; and at the same time to represent, AS IT IS, a class of people, viz., the Planter, to whom justice has seldom been done, and whose character, as exhibited in every day life, is well calculated to win the amiable judgment of the world.

ma4 GEO. H. DERBY & CO., 164 Main-street.

  Who this W. L. G. Smith, Esq., is, we have no information; but he has already written himself down in a very pettifogging class of men. Some echo of the applause of Mrs. Stowe's work that is rolling over the land, has awoke him to the magnificent idea of stealing her thunder, and he imagines that he will ride into popularity by catching hold of her train. We think an action for petty larceny would fairly lie against Messrs. Derby & Co., but it is too small an affair to be prosecuted.