A letter from Amos Townsend informing Lewis Tappan that he has written to Marshal Norris Willcox about the Amistad Captives. Townsend writes that he went to Westville with Willcox "to see & enquire & become satisfied" and states that "new orders have been given to those in charge." He explains that Stanton Pendleton and Willcox will make no movement among the Africans until the Supreme Court decision and has informed Willcox that others would not attempt "to interfere for a rescue." He reports that additional locks and watchmen will be used "to prevent disturbances" and that one of the watchmen is Mr. [John W.?] Hill who is in the confidence of Pendleton. Both Willcox and Pendleton believe the Supreme Court will send the case back to the District Court; Judge Hitchcock has expressed his opinion regarding a writ of habeas corpus. Townsend asks that Tappan not make public "the statement [he] made about their [illegible] as the evil is now rectified & it might make a disturbance with no good result."