A letter from William Harned written in diary format, acknowledging Lewis Tappan's letter. Harned informs Tappan about his encounter with Professor Charles Dexter Cleveland, whose son is dying of scarlet fever. He describes his conversation with various individuals regarding a gathering place in Philadelphia and explains that possibilities might include various churches and the Musical Fund Hall. He mentions that Robert Purvis can provide comfortable quarters for the Africans and believes "thousands of colored folks would give 25c to see them"; he was offered five dollars today by one man to see the Africans. He then reports that a church led by Dr. Wylie has been secured for the meeting and asks Tappan to send a large show bill to post. Harned comments that he expects Tappan to bring all the Africans to Philadelphia, but will rely on his judgement.