Stowe provides further details about her story based on actual events in A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The character of Evangelina (Eva) was Stowe’s impersonation of the childish form of the love of Christ. A letter from Daniel R. Goodloe, a Southerner, that is published in A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, describes his view of Stowe’s character. He compliments how Stowe has created a character that embodies the South. He comments that, “her whole character is fragrant of the South, her generous sympathy, her beauty and delicacy, her sensibility, are all Southern.” Stowe inserted letters from Southern men who praised some of her work on Uncle Tom’s Cabin. These were the men she expected to hold prejudice against it, but instead received compliments.
The full story of this connection can be read in Chapter XIV, “The Spirit of St. Clare” of A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.