Mr "Wm G Lewis"
Recd 2 June and ?
Jamaica Plain April 15th 1850
My dear Son
I must add at the bottom a memo of the numerous
letters we have recd from you since my last, my memo being in town;
But they include those p"tion" with the drawings, which are the best
you have sent to give very great pleasure. The Sketches of Fort Tillagnon,?
? Ayres, sea peices, water, rocks &c are very good and show? that you
study the best of all teachers, nature, very faithfully. I am glad you
exercise this talent so much, for it is a beautiful one, a grateful & reprising
resource, & affords the means of giving much pleasure.
Your letters to the children & all are always welcome. Annies &
Aunt Anna's have gone to Brattleboro; where Annie will stay a
week or two longer. Aggie is writing to you by my side. Mother is
dipping fearfully with the painful revelation of Uncle Tom'sKey, which
has come out today & of which I send you a copy by this vessel.
Mr Baird may like to see it. An Edition of 80,000 copies has been
printed, of which 68,000 engaged before publication, said to the
largest first edition of any book ever published in any country.
Mrs Stowe was provoked to it by the denunciations of the American press,
charging her first book with exaggeration & injustice. I fancy the
defenders of our fretted? national institution, on the maintenance & extension
of which by the Federal Government the Union is declared to depend,
will wish they had let Uncle Tom's Cabin pass without stricture. The
facts of the case are for worse than any fiction can well be.
These two books, & the scorching comments of the English & French peoples
to magazines including the telling Satires of French, will help our
northern compromisers to see themselves & their policies in a ? light
than they have been, & while they are vexed to be so hold up to scorn &