Letter from Joshua Leavitt to Lewis Tappan
A letter from Joshua Leavitt to Lewis Tappan writing that he has been informed by Henry D. Wheeler that he shall not attempt to report John Quincy Adams' speech before the Supreme Court. Leavitt will endeavor to write the report and asks how Tappan will publish the report, the length, its aim, and whether additional reporting will be needed for the Emancipator. Regarding the length, he states that "arguments here are to a prodigious length" and cites recent examples. Leavitt mentions a recent editorial on the Amistad case in the Boston Recorder and states that it is a "great disappointment" to be detained in Washington for so long, but he is "not very [illegible] to have the Africans in the hands of Daniel Webster instead of John Forsyth." He writes that "Mr. [?] has entered an appearance on behalf of [Lt. Thomas R.] Gedney & co," and goes on to describe Henry D. Gilpin as "gentlemanly & frank, " stating that Gilpin argues alone for the United States' case and that Francis Scott Key has decided not to appear. Leavitt is unsure if the correspondence of Henry S. Fox, British minister in Washington, has been communicated to the Senate. Leavitt mentions that he is to meet with Mr. Cook [or Cooke], a colored preacher, and has heard a "most interesting sermon [from?] a slave."