A letter from Lewis Tappan and Simeon S. Jocelyn directing John T. Norton to meet Thomas Fessenden of New York at the City Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut. The letter states that "we are greatly apprehensive that the Supreme Court will decide against the Africans" and the President will remove the Africans "out of the reach of philanthropy," but that Roger S. Baldwin, remains confident of success. Tappan relates the Committee's opinion that "a serious consultation" regarding an application for a writ of habeas corpus. Tappan feels a Connecticut judge may be reluctant to interfere following the Supreme Court case and Fessenden is highly respected and familiar with the case and has been employed at considerable expense. Tappan advises that the names of those meeting with Fessenden be kept private except Norton's.