James Birney's reply to Lewis Tappan's letter of September 29 was detained. He writes that he did, however, received Tappan's letter from October 5 and has discussed its contents with the New Haven Committee. Birney informs Tappan about the Committee's decision and expresses his confusion as to why Tappan never received the letter. Birney offers to re-write the substance of it and asks Tappan for money. He also includes his opinion of Mr. McGill.