hour after midnight.
Faults it has, certainly, of construction & detail
but as noble a purpose as can be, guided the pen of
its author, and good will come of this terrible setting
forth of the Accursed Traffic 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, unna-
tural; � and in minor degree also, that of the wonderfully
drawn slave girl �Topsy�, as fine a bit of character as
ever Dickens drew. It�s a terrible book to read,
� 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,