Letter from Joshua Leavitt to Lewis Tappan
A letter from Joshua Leavitt acknowledging Lewis Tappan's letter. Leavitt states that he did not write to Tappan "but had written a short notice of yesterday's proceedings for the Sun & for the Emancipator." Leavitt did not believe he was to furnish "information first or exclusively to the Committee, especially during the progress of the case" and believed they "wished a full and carefully prepared report, rather than a hasty sketch." He reports that Roger S. Baldwin is sanguine of success and has met with Francis Scott Key and also that John Quincy Adams "was in court this morning, wide awake & ready." He writes that he has seen Judge Smith Thompson and that the Supreme Court has given Baldwin the choice of waiting "until the Court is full, or to bring on the case immediately after the New Jersey case, which comes on Monday." Leavitt believes he will choose the latter and says he is "glad you moved so promptly & efficiently in the papers." He then praises [Theodore] Sedgwick's article and says it "will make Calhoun's stuff appear exceedingly flimsy."