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Written on the day she finished her now famous antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe's letter to educator and reformer Horace Mann confesses the novel was written with her "hearts blood." Expressing gratitude for Mann's suggestions, Stowe inquires about sending presentation copies "to several distinguished persons in England" including Thomas Babington Macaulay, George William Frederick Howard Carlisle, Charles Dickens, and Prince Albert.