John T. Norton acknowledges Lewis Tappan's letter from February 19 and apologizes for failing "to be explicit and clear in relation to the position taken by Judge Williams." Norton states that Williams "explicitly disclaims all right to interfere" but added "If compelled to issue a writ, and the persons should be brought before him he should not feel authorized to detain them a single day" and "the Marshall [wont?] exhibit his authority for holding the prisoners & it [won't?] be sufficient for him." He reports that there has been "much conversation on the various points" and Governor William W. Ellsworth endeavors to remove his objections, but without effort. It is apparent that neither Ellsworth nor Norton feel "it would be of any avail...to push forward under such circumstances."