The Daily Dispatch
Richmond: 17 August 1852

  THE SOUTH PERFECTLY SAFE.—AUNT PHILLIS' CABIN, Just published, for sale by NASH & WOODHOUSE, Eagle Square.

  Aunt Phillis' Cabin; or Southern Life as It is, by Mrs. Mary H. Eastman. Paper 50, Cloth 75c.

  This volume will present a picture of Southern Life taken at different points of view, from the one occupied by the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

  The writer being a native of the South, is familiar with the many varied aspects assumed by domestic servitude in that sunny region, and therefore feels competent to give pictures of 'Southern Life as it is.' Pledged to no clique or party, and free from the pressure of any and all extraneous influences, she has written her book with a view to its truthfulness; and the public at the North as well as at the South, will find in Aunt Phillis' Cabin not the distorted picture of an interested painter, but the faithful transcript of a Daguerreotypist. It is the truth that all profess to seek, and in a matter of such vital interest to the whole nation as Domestic Slavery, Truth—not highly wrought imaginary representations—is, above all things, demanded. Such truth, in the garb of a skilful fiction, will Aunt Phillis' Cabin present.

  The author does not come before the public as the apologist of Slavery, but with the earnest desire to represent it as it is, and in doing so, she will show its ameliorating features in strong contrast with the painful scenes so elaborately set forth in Uncle Tom's Cabin.