In this letter, Amos Townsend writes that James Birney has received Lewis Tappan's letter and a response has been sent. Townsend does not believe the Amistad Captives' condition can be improved by "scattering them in families" and that such attempts would be unsuccessful thus angering Stanton Pendleton. Townsend mentions the children and that the girls' instruction has not been favorable since entering the Pendleton home. He suggests it would be desirable if the girls, Kale and Kinna could be placed with more suitable families. Townsend writes that he awaits Tappan's permission to send James Covey to New York, as he is anxious to return to Sierra Leone, and Roger S. Baldwin says he will not be further needed in the trial.