A letter from John T. Norton acknowledging Lewis Tappan's letter and reporting that he has met with Thomas Fessenden, William W. Ellsworth and others, and will travel to Hartford again. He states that he is "ready to go all lengths that a church man can go on behalf of the poor [illegible] brothers." Ellsworth manifests an excellent spirit and Norton believes that many who do not "manifest much love for abolitionists [or] for colored people generally" are supportive of the Amistad Captives. Ellsworth advises against a writ of habeas corpus before the Supreme Court decision. Norton disagrees and states that Judge Williams might discharge the Captives; he believes the government will move the Africans immediately should the court rule against them. He goes on to state that a court ruling for the Africans "would be entirely contrary to Southern policies" and expresses his belief that southern judges in the court would not be independent in their views.