A letter from Amos Townsend Jr. acknowledging Lewis Tappan's letters from December 21 and January 4, as well as the Bibles for the Amistad Captives, "the letter covering $8," and a package for Amos Smith. In his letter, Townsend provides financial accounting for the Amistad Committee and states that if the Supreme Court case is decided soon the amount will "probably more than carry us through." Townsend states that he has made no agreement with James Covey regarding compensation and that there is no "pressing need" for anything for the Amistad Captives when they return home. He adds that although they have books, clothes, and valuables, it is believed "that if each one had some article in which to preserve & carry them, it would be a great convenience & be more likely to ensure the safety of the books in their travels." He goes to to refute Tappan's idea that the girls did not want to go back to Africa, but will inquire about it. He reports that instruction for the Captives is going well.