Letter from Joshua Leavitt to Lewis Tappan
Joshua Leavitt writes that Lewis Tappan will likely see Roger S. Baldwin and learn from him that the Supreme Court case has been postponed to February; however, he does not feel that "any harm will result from it to the Africans." He mentions that he has been informed by William Winston Seaton that Francis Scott Key "was to appear in the case in favor of sending [the Amistad Captives] to Africa" on behalf of the American Colonization Society. Leavitt asks what should be done as "Our counsel have never been instructed on that point, & I presume are not "certainly Baldwin is not prepared personally to oppose it. Or would it be wise to do so?" He then asks if the counsel can be directed to procure a "[illegible] of the Decree, as well require them to be sent to their own country" provided it can be done with safety." He advises that counsel be furnished with a brief of the objections against having them sent to Liberia and asks Tappan to consult with Simeon S. Jocelyn. Leavitt explains that he has not had an opportunity to confer with Roger S. Baldwin and since the case has been postponed, Leavitt may return home. He goes on to discusses Theodore Sedgwick's article in the Washington Globe and mentions the National Intelligencer and The Madisonian.