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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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Friday 15th February 1861 — C.D.C.W. — Reports.

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I then returned to Sherwoods, [18] as I had made an appointment with Sherrington [19] to go to see "Tom Smith". We first went to his (Tom Smiths) Oyster Establisment on Market Street, but not finding him there we returned by way of Market Street, and over-took him (Smith) on the corner of Second and Market Streets.

Sherrington introduced him to me, when we went into Saloon on Market Street and had quite a talk. Smith informed Sherrington that they had broken up their meetings as they could do nothing; that they had become disheartened, and he was disgusted with Maryland; that he was going to settle up his business Summer, and go to South Carolina in the Fall: that he was really ashamed to own that he was a native of Maryland; that he had talked and talked to them but all to no use: that in five years we would be able to cut a good crop of grass in the streets of Baltimore. Sherrington then asked Smith if Lincoln was not coming through on Saturday. Smith replied that he did not know whether he was or not: that he doubted if Lincoln would ever pass through Baltimore. Smith said this in a peculiar manner, and winked at me — "if he does", said I, "I'll be d—d if I don't leave here, and go to South America, for I wont live under him," "Nor will I," said Sherrington, "If he does," Said Tom., "Mark me — if he does, then this town is ruined and grass will grow in the Streets": (He spoke in a slow deliberate manner, seeming to weigh every word, but never once getting excited): that the Marylanders were too slow for him: that they "blow" to much, and don't act enough". I then asked him (Smith) what would have happened if Maryland, had acted like South Carolina. He replied that Washington would have belonged to the Southern Confederacy, and Lincoln shall never have taken his seat; that there was no use talking to the d — d fools any more (meaning the Marylanders): that we must be ready to act, for by God there was hot work ahead. I asked him what he thought of the "Force-Bill". [20] Tom, said that they must never try that, for they could never subjugate the South — they might exterminate them, but they would never surrender.

Sherrington then wanted to know where they held their meetings now. Tom replied that he did not know, for he had nothing to do with them, "Well," said I, "they say us Secessionists want to blow H—l out of everything, "If they won't let the South have what belongs to them, then I say "blow" up the property sooner that let the North have it," said Smith. "Do you know" said I, "that we have a lot of d—d spies in town — Dick Sherwood [21] told us so to-day; that they had been to him for information as he was a Union man". Smith replied to this that there was a S — of a B — who stopped at Bucks Saloon on Lafayette Street; that he
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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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