WHAT THEY THINK IN ENGLAND, OF "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN."
THE English press is literally alive with enthusiastic encomiums of this celebrated book, in addition to which Mrs. Stowe has received a large number of private notes from the most distinguished men of Great Britain, exceedingly flattering in their terms.
We select a few extracts from the Periodical Press, as specimens of their opinions:—
"A wonderful book, teeming with thrilling anecdotes, penned to the life. We know of no story of modern times of more intensely exciting interest than 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'"—Court Journal, London.
"We have here the most singular and absorbing specimen of American Literature, which ever came to our shores. It will be read, and must be read, by everybody everywhere."—Tait's Edinburgh Magazine.
"We could enlarge upon this book, with an enthusiastic amplitude, but we recommend it universally, to one and to all."—London Weekly Dispatch.
"Apart altogether from its purpose, the Novel is one of extraordinary merit; that is to say, if regarded as a work of fiction, it is pre-eminent. There is the pathos of 'Paul and Virginia;' there is the minuteness of observation and of structure of Dickens; and from first to last the interest never flags. There are all the marks of genius about the book. The tone in which it is written could only be dictated by largeness of heart and intellect; and altogether is one of the most remarkable books of recent times."—London Daily News.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the most remarkable books of the age."—New Methodist Magazine, London.
"This story is told with a spirt, vigor, and a mastery over the feelings, which cannot but both surprise and delight the reader."—London Examiner.
"This is an admirably written work, with an equally admirable object."—London Weekly Newspaper.
"Mrs. Stowe is a woman of great powers, and must have had unusual opportunities of observation. This book should be read by every one."—Hartford Mercury.
"It is a tale of harrowing interest, skillfully constructed and tastefully written."—Worcester Herald.
"When we consider the influence of popular literature in moulding the character of a nation, we cannot but rejoice at the appearance of such a powerful auxiliary on the right side, as Uncle Tom's Cabin."—The Slave Publication, London.
"It is a work of thrilling interest, and cannot be read without enlisting the heart and judgment against a system so pregnant with calamity, ruin and woe."—Norfolk News.
"It is a truly wonderful production, and will, we believe, do more towards ridding America of the foul stain of slavery, than has has yet been done by any other effort."—Davenport Independent.
"A work which will stimulate the sympathies of benevolence."—Galway Vindicator.
"This is one of the most stirring and graphic descriptions of the horrors of slavery ever published."—Norfolk Herald.
"Let those who would grasp the polluted hand of self-styled Christians, yet uncleansed of the sin of man-selling, here read the criminality of which, by the very act, they become the participators and the perpetuators."—Leicester Chronicle.
"It has been said of Uncle Tom's Cabin with perfect truth, that the intense interest which it is calculated to excite, is not surpassed by any story of modern times."—North British Mail.
"We have never read a more touching book, and we heartily commend it to all who would appreciate American slavery."—Sheffield Times.
"The work is full of interest, and has inflicted a wound upon the infernal system of slavery, from which it will never recover."—Brighton Herald.
"It is written in a style of deep and thrilling interest."—Plymouth Times.
"The work is one of immense power, and we predict for it a circulation unparalled in the annals of cheap literature."—Dover Telegraph.
"We are not surprised that Uncle Tom's Cabin has created a powerful sensation."—Midland Times.
"The abominations of the traffic in human beings are most vividly set forth in this work."—Somerset Gazette.
"This is one of the most powerfully written tales we have yet met with."—Waterford Mail.
"It is regarded as the most graphic exposure of American slavery ever published."—Sunday-School Union.
"The popularity which this work has attained on both sides of the Atlantic, is unprecendented."—Stock[illegible] Advertiser.
"It will find its way into every household."—Journal.
We have an abundance of—
Southern Testimony in Favor of Uncle Tom.
We select the following from southern papers:
"The dark aspects of slavery are depicted in this work, but these are relieved by delineations of character and scenes of life and frolic, which are likely to make Uncle Tom's Cabin a book current everywhere, South and North, To men whose study is the progress and the safe guidance of our great National Interests, this book, as a new and extensive means of influence, is not to be disregarded."—National Intelligencer, Washington, D.C.
From a slaveholder in New Orleans, writing to the New York Post:—
"Although I have not read every sentence of Uncle Tom's Cabin, yet I have looked over the whole of it, and I now wish to bear my testimony to its just delineation of the position that the slave occupies; colorings in the work there are, but no colorings of the actual and real position of the slave worse than really exist. I sincerely hope that more Mrs. Stowes may be found to show up the reality of slavery. I am a slaveholder myself, yet am convinced that slavery is not in accordance with what God delights to honor, and I intend to use whatever influence I have against it."
Published by JOHN P. JEWETT & CO., Boston, JEWETT, PROCTOR & WORTHINGTON., Cleveland, Ohio.
120,000 Copies, 240,000 Volumes sold already in America. The sale in England and on the Continent is unprecedented.