Letter from Samuel D. Hastings to Lewis Tappan
A letter from Samuel D. Hastings acknowledging Lewis Tappan's letters from May 23 and 24. Hastings writes that a conditional notice of a meeting with the Amistad Africans in Philadelphia was inserted into the newspapers. He reports that the Africans have arrived in Philadelphia and are with various individuals which include George H. Stuart, Stephen Smith, Robert Purvis, Henry Grau, and himself. Hastings gives his account of the meeting and reports that about $100 was raised. According to Hastings, the Africans "went through pretty much the same exercises as they did at the first meeting in New York." Hasting shares some quotes made by Mr. Kirk and Henry Grau on the slave trade and comments that the meeting was reported well in the newspapers and other meetings will be held in the future. He hopes to raise $500 but is doubtful if John Quincy Adams is not present, stating that if he cannot sell his books from depository or to Pittsburg or Cincinnati, he may open a store in Philadelphia and put Mr. Salter, an agent for various abolitionist newspapers, into it. He explains that the store could also be a "stopping place for our new organization friends" and asks for Tappan's opinion of this.