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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 69, October 17-18, 1852

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Identifier: DX01207034

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 69, October 17-18, 1852

Description: Comments on Uncle Tom's Cabin.


hour after midnight. [words crossed out] Faults it [Uncle Tom’s Cabin] has, certainly, of construction & detail but as noble a purpose as can be, guided the pen of its author [Harriet Beecher Stowe], and good will come of this terrible setting forth of the Accursed Traffic [Slavery] in “God’s images cut in Ebony.” I think her sudden conversions, instance Quinto & Sambo, the two degraded wretches who flog her hero to death, unnatural; — and in minor degree also, that of the wonderfully drawn slave girl “Topsy,” as fine a bit of character as ever [Charles] Dickens drew. It’s a terrible book to read, [words crossed out] — you end, (as I did) with a full heart and “God bless this noble-hearted American woman, Mrs Beecher Stowe, for that she has the heart & brain to do this!

I would I had the power to transmute such ignoble villains as James Gordon Bennett, Editor of the N Y Herald, into a black skin. One who writes this curse to be “a good institution, that works well, is as it should be for both races.” I’d sell him to a Legree, and sleep soundly after it. May I be hanged if I would not!

18. Monday. Down town, to the Post Office, to the wood-peckers, to Lantern, Reveille, & Picayune Offices,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-10-17

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Books and reading
Women authors
African Americans


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