21st Nov: 1890
I have read your book with deep + painful
interest. I felt as Dante must when he looked
over the edge of the abyss at the bottom of which Gorgon lay in ambush. I had but a vague idea of these horrors before you brought them so feelingly home to me. I cannot conceive how such a book should fail of doing great good, if it move other people as it has moved me. I found it hard to get asleep the night after I had been reading it.
J. R. Lowell