"she thought only of loving every body"

  That's not Topsy, Eva and Ophelia in the illustration below, though the picture is one that Hammatt Billings drew for the 1853 "Illustrated Edition" of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Two years after that, Stowe's publisher, John Jewett, brought out Cassy, and decided to use almost a dozen of Billing's drawings in the new work. Its Cassy is a young girl whose mother tries unsuccessfully to run away from slavery, and then in desperation asks a white widow returning to Ohio from Mississippi to buy her daughter. The story concerns the various kinds of perils and persecutions Cassy is subjected to, until (in a scene that resembles Eva's end) she dies. As in Stowe's novel, the emphasis is on teaching young readers both abolitionist and religious lessons.

  Four of the text's 15 illustrations in may have been drawn for specifically for it. The 11 by Billings seldom match up with the story at all, so it's not clear why Jewett decided to use them. Despite the use of the name "Cassy," and the fact that there is a dog named "Carlo" in this book too, it seems unlikely that the anonymous author wanted readers to think of Stowe's novel while reading this story -- but it also seems unlikely, especially with Billings' illustrations throughout the text, that they wouldn't.

Cassy, or Early Trials
(Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1855)

Courtesy the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford CT.

Cassy in Her New Home with Mary Clay
  • CHAPTER 1   The Swamp
  • CHAPTER 2   The Capture
  • CHAPTER 3   The New Home
  • CHAPTER 4   The Mischief Maker
  • CHAPTER 5   The Runaway Slave
  • CHAPTER 6   The Stolen Child
  • CHAPTER 7   The Escape
  • CHAPTER 8   The Last

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