Letter from Joshua Coffin to Lewis Tappan
A letter from Joshua Coffin notifying Lewis Tappan that he has received his letter and since then has "had a conversation with brother Whittier on a little difficulty, which I had as to the best method of getting permission to the President to accompany the Africans to their native land." Whittier suggests that if Seth Staples, Roger S. Baldwin, and Theodore Sedgwick petition the President on Coffin's behalf, he might be successful and asks that Tappan communicate this point. Coffin adds that he must see Leonard Bacon and Benjamin Griswold before leaving and asks Tappan to write to them regarding Benjamin Griswold going to Africa. Coffin goes on to state that if Mr. Gurley should find out, his plan would be defeated. Coffin explains that he seeks to secure free passage to Liberia for "how would it look for me to go to Liberia at the expense of the United States & then come back & write a big book, abusing the Colony, the Colonization Society, the United States Government & all?" It is then made apparent that if Coffin accompanies the Amistad freemen, "I should have no occasion [sic] to tell Gov. Buchanan my whole object in coming but if I went in any other way, i should deem in my duty...to tell him I came to examine" the situation in Liberia. Coffin appends a note of January 31 regarding conflicting reports of as to whether an appeal has been made from the decision of Judge Andrew T. Judson in the Amistad case.