I haven't been able to learn anything about Mrs. G. M. Flanders. Her novel is set in a New England village called Minton, where "not one in twenty [of the inhabitants] had ever before beheld a negro." But when the Rev. Mr. Cary is converted to the cause of abolitionism, the villagers arrange to bring a fugitive slave named Caesar into their midst and set him up as "an ebony idol" for their sympathy and respect. According to the narrative, nothing but trouble follows from this experiment. Caesar becomes an increasingly threatening presence in the Rev. Cary's own home, and when a marriage is planned between him and a white girl named Mary, only a mob (and the actions of the visiting son of a Southern slave-owner) rescue her and the village.
Frontispiece: "The Reception"
Clifton Waller Barrett Collection