A letter from John T. Norton expressing his joy at the outcome of the Supreme Court decision and congratulating Lewis Tappan and others for their work. He proclaims it a triumph that "the whole of the claims of the abolitionists have been pronounced just [and] that the individuals were entitled to freedom here." Norton writes that he looks "forward to still greater results" and offers his cooperation to the Committee as guardians and friends of the Africans. Norton relates a rumor that "Mr. Clay had fallen in a duel." He is unsure of its truthfulness, but praises Clay. Norton is considering "trying to collect the history of the southern trade, in all its bearings in this town" and asks Tappan if it would be possible to calculate the loss of lives from New York in the southern trade."