S.S. Jocelyn apologizes for being absent from New York and hopes to reach New Haven or New York the following Saturday or Friday. Jocelyn suspects there will be no action in the Amistad case until January 15 or after and asks Lewis Tappan to write him in New Haven if he wishes to communicate. He writes that he trusts Tappan will have a writ of habeas corpus written if needed. Jocelyn mentions that he saw Connecticut Governor William W. Ellsworth a week ago who "thought it should be done in that event." He also hopes Tappan's daughter in better.