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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Pinkerton, Allan. 'Allan Pinkerton Agency (Report Furnished to William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: report]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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Note from page 267: 1. Pinkerton told WHH in a letter dated August 11, 1866, that he had asked that copies of his agency's records of the Baltimore conspiracy of 1861 be sent on to WHH; by August 18, WHH had written to ask about them. See Pinkerton's reply at §218. The copies were apparently returned to Pinkerton.

Note from page 267: 2. Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad.

Note from page 269: 3. Allan Pinkerton.

Note from page 269: 4. Scott was Pinkerton's operative who was chosen to carry the warning of the assassination plot to Judd. See Cuthbert, 20. For information on the people and events in Pinkerton's account of the Baltimore plot, the editors are greatly indebted to Cuthbert's work.

Note from page 269: 5. Superintendent of Pinkerton's agency and his chief of staff at Chicago. See Cuthbert, 20.

Note from page 269: 6. According to Cuthbert, 20, what follows is a report from a Pinkerton agent in Baltimore, Harry W. Davies.

Note from page 269: 7. O. K. Hillard, a Baltimore "soldier of fortune and secessionist." See Cuthbert, 135.

Note from page 270: 8. A Baltimore paramilitary political club, dedicated in 1860 to the Breckinridge-Lane ticket and in 1861 to resisting the passage of Federal troops through Maryland. See Cuthbert, 136.

Note from page 270: 9. Cypriano Ferrandini had long been connected with Baltimore military organizations and was a leader in the National Volunteers. See Cuthbert, 138.

Note from page 271: 10. Charles D. C. Williams, the alias of an unidentified Pinkerton agent. See Cuthbert, 20.

Note from page 272: 11. William H. Scott. See p. 269, note 4.

Note from page 273: 12. Under the Illinois banking system, banks had no capital other than bonds they had placed with the state auditor.

Note from page 273: 13. Baltimore stockbroker and secessionist. See Cuthbert, 2, 5.

Note from page 273: 14. A convention to consider Maryland's stance during the secession crisis.

Note from page 273: 15. Marginal note: word left out.

Note from page 274: 16. An alias used by Allan Pinkerton. See Cuthbert, 5, 19 — 20.

Note from page 276: 17. Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who tried to assassinate Napoleon III in 1858.

Note from page 277: 18. Sherwood's Hotel.

Note from page 277: 19. Captain Sherrington, involved with the National Volunteers.

Note from page 277: 20. Bills introduced in Congress in January and February 1861 dealing with the collection of Federal revenue, the recovery of Federal property, and the use of the militia to suppress general insurrection.

Note from page 277: 21. Richard P. Sherwood, proprietor of Sherwood's Hotel. See Cuthbert, 160.

Note from page 278: 22. Mrs. M. Barley was the alias of Pinkerton's lady superintendent, Kate Warne. See Cuthbert, 9.

Note from page 278: 23. Edward S. Sanford, president of the American Telegraph Co., and vice-president of the Adams Express Co.

Note from page 278: 24. George H. Burns, an "attache of the American Telegraph Co. and confidential agent of E. S. Sandford, Esq." See Pinkerton, 82.

Note from page 279: 25. Henry Sanford was associated with Adams Express Co. See Cuthbert, 73.

Note from page 280: 26. Timothy Webster, a Pinkerton agent who in 1862 would be hanged in Richmond as a Federal spy, had been ingratiating himself into the Perrymansville Rangers, a secessionist paramilitary unit at Perrymansville, Maryland. See Cuthbert, 21; Pinkerton, esp. 70 — 73.

Note from page 280: 27. Keen, Springer, and Taylor were associated with the secessionist Perrymansville Rangers.

Note from page 282: 28. A select committee of five congressmen was named to investigate allegations that a secret antigovernment organization existed in Washington, D.C. O. K. Hillard was one of those called to testify before the committee. See Cuthbert, 139 — 41.

Note from page 283: 29. G. C. Franciscus, superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad's division between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

Note from page 285: 30. Stearns was master machinist on the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad. See Cuthbert, 142.

Note from page 285: 31. Henry F. Kenney (sometimes "McKinsey" or "Kensey"), superintendent of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad. See Cuthbert, 73.

Note from page 285: 32. Henry Sanford.

Note from page 285: 33. W. P. Westervelt, superintendent of the American Telegraph Co. See Cuthbert, 73.

Note from page 285: 34. "Plums" and "sumac" were code words for "Pinkerton" and "telegraph." See Cuthbert, 73.

Note from page 285: 35. Note below apparently in WHH's hand: See page 26.

Note from page 286: 36. Elihu B. Washburne, Republican congressman from Illinois.

Note from page 286: 37. Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's former law associate on the Eighth Circuit, soon to be appointed marshal of the District of Columbia.

Note from page 288: 38. "Cotton" is a reference to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, but the equivalents of "Ten" and "Lemons" have not survived. See Cuthbert, 143.

Note from page 288: 39. William Stearns.

Note from page 289: 40. "Nuts" refers to AL.

Note from page 289: 41. Frederick Seward, son of William H. Seward.

Note from page 290: 42. Andrew G. Curtin and Edwin V. Sumner.

Note from page 290: 43. Here the copyist apparently skipped a paragraph and began copying the first line of the succeeding paragraph, beginning "On arriving at the vicinity. . . ." The manuscript has been torn or cut to obliterate this false start.

Note from page 292: 44. Decoded: "Pinkerton has President — arri'd at Washington — all right." See Cuthbert, 84.

Note from page 292: 45. The manuscript has been corrected and torn off at this point, apparently by the copyist to facilitate a correction.

Note from page 293: 46. A piece of paper one by three inches is included in the manuscript at this point with the inscription, apparently in Ward Hill Lamon's hand: A falsehood of Allen Pinkerton the Detective — 161 — 3 — Book.
Marginal note: This is an infamous lie from beginning to end. — This Detective, Allen Pinkerton was angry with me because I would not take sides with him — and make a publication in his favor when he and Kenedy — the New York detective had the difficulty as to which of them the credit of saving Lincoln's life was due from the public — Ward H. Lamon. In 1866, John A. Kennedy, superintendent of the New York Metropolitan Police, claimed credit for uncovering the Baltimore Plot. See Cuthbert, 114 — 16, 151.

Note from page 294: 47. Palmetto tree cockades were symbols of support for South Carolina's secession.

Note from page 300: 48. Hattie H. Lawton, an associate of Timothy Webster, stationed with him at Perrymansville, Maryland. See Cuthbert, 21.

Note from page 301: 49. An error: the twenty-sixth was a Tuesday.

Note from page 303: 50. This heading and the inscription on the next line, "Police Pinkerton," are in WHH's hand. In the left margin he wrote: 26 pages. (apparently referring to this section of Pinkerton's report, which covers only twenty-five pages in the transcription). This is what his earlier notation (see p. 285, note 35) apparently refers to.

Note from page 304: 51. Besides heading the National Volunteers, Byrne was the delegate chosen to carry Maryland's electoral vote to Washington, D.C., after the 1860 election. See Cuthbert, 141.

Note from page 304: 52. Possibly Lyon County, Iowa.

Note from page 305: 53. The repetition is apparently an inadvertent copyist's error.

Note from page 310: 54. Later Gen. David Hunter.

Note from page 310: 55. William S. Wood, an associate of William H. Seward from New York City.

Note from page 312: 56. Elmer Ellsworth had briefly studied law in the Lincoln-Herndon Office in 1860. In early 1861 he served as commander of a Zouave regiment and was killed while removing a Confederate flag in Alexandria, Virginia.

Note from page 313: 57. The text is marked here and in the margin to indicate a word is missing.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Pinkerton, Allan. 'Allan Pinkerton Agency (Report Furnished to William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: report]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon267.html
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