A letter form S.S. Jocelyn reporting that a lawyer, William Manchester, "says that John Quincy Adams is the man to have influence with the Supreme Court. That his honest, and opinion, [illegible] much respected by [Roger B.] Taney, Smith [Thompson] & others." Jocelyn informs Lewis Tappan that Taney and Thompson were Federalists, as was Henry Baldwin and that there are two Southern judges. He suggests that Tappan accept Adams' offer as counsel. Jocelyn expresses his agreement regarding Rufus Choate and claims that he has not received word from Joshua Leavitt. He concludes that Peter Williams was buried yesterday.