A letter from S.M. Gates reporting that Lewis Tappan's letter "in which [he] anticipate[s] [Gates'] enquiries about Govenor [William H. ] Seward's course" is acknowledged. Gates writes about Mr. Culver's "incendiary speech" and is glad to see it and a match for the "high pretensions" of "our half way folks here." He reports that Theodore Sedgwick, as Veto, has been published in the Washington Globe; William Slade, Joshua R. Giddings, Thomas C. Chittenden, Rufus Palen, and Seth M. Gates have "signed the request and sent them -- They take [illegible] of that, but pretend to have been requested by a slaveholder." He notes that John Smith of Vermont would not sign "but agreed to see them privately." Gates believes the "communication from a slaveholder" was to have it appear that they yielded to abolitionists, "the southern gentry have one more cud to chew." Overall, he feels that this augurs well for the Africans.