U is for Uncle Tom’s Cabin
When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he is reported to have said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” The great war being the American Civil War and the book being her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Years earlier Harriet Beecher Stowe made a trip to the UK to promote her book and met the cream of England’s high society – including eminent Victorians such as Dickens, Macaulay, Gladstone and Lord Shaftesbury. Reminiscing on her time in
she wrote of her stay “in a charming retreat called Rose Cottage, in Walworth
…which is one of the postscripts of .
I can look out a window and see a nice green meadow with sheep and lambs
feeding in it, which is some relief in this smutty old place [ London ].” Rose Cottage was situated up where
the Town Hall stands near London Wansey
Street, and the field – proposed as ‘Walworth New
Town’ on maps of the time – was clearly an idyllic spot.
From an 1870 Post Office Directory map