Letter from Joshua Leavitt to George W. Alexander
A letter to George W. Alexander from Joshua Leavitt writing on behalf of the Amistad Committee to express its "sincere thanks for the kind interest [they] have taken in their case, & for [their] considerate zeal in urging the subject upon the attention of the Spanish government." The letter contains information regarding the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and reports that the Committee is now desirous of recommendations for the Africans and their restoration home. The letter brings up several points regarding the Supreme Court case before the British government, particularly a statement by Antonio G. Vega, the Spanish Consul at Boston, regarding official forms about the shipment of the Africans in Cuba, and Spanish laws. The Committee states that it will seek more information regarding "the country from which these Africans came, the practicality of reaching it, provisions for such a journey, etc..." The Committee will also write to the Governor of Sierra Leone, John Jeremie, and David Turnbull, the British Consul to Cuba. Leavitt states that perhaps officers of the British Navy may be of assistance in attempting to return the Africans home. The Committee originally seeks to invoke the aid of the U.S. government to return the Africans, but inquire about aid from the British government in the instance that the U.S. fails.