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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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pretended to be selling watch pockets, made of canton flannel, and pine-burs sewed on them: that they had watched him going to the Telegraph Office several times a day &c". I said if he would show him to me I would make it too hot for him here, Smith answered, that he wished to G—d I would for he (the spy) was watching their every movement, and then said he reckoned we were all right, and to be on hand to act when wanted. He then bade us goodby, and we parted.

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Monday 18th, February 1861 —

M. B — [22] Reports —

I got up at 7.30. A.M. and breakfasted at 8.30. a.m. — During the forenoon Mr. P— called and said I must get ready to go to New York on the 5.16. p.m. train. He also gave me my instructions and some letter's for N. B. Judd, and E. S. Sanford, [23] and then left.

After dinner I made arrangements to leave, paying my Bill &c — , and told them I wanted to take the train for Philadelphia. At about 4.00 p.m. I left for the Depot where I saw Mr. P—, and at 5.16. p.m. I started for New York.

Tuesday 19th February 1861.

M.B. — Reports

I arrived in New York at 4.00. a.m. took a carriage, drove to the Astor House, where I got a room, after much trouble, and went to bed, but did not sleep. I got up at 7.30. a.m. and had breakfast, after which I sent a note to Adams Express Office for E. S. Sanford, I waited until 3. o'clock, when not receiving any answer, I sent a second note to him (E. S. Sanford)

At 3.30. p.m. Mr. Burn's [24] came to my room with a note for from Mr. Sanford. He acknowledged the receipt of my two notes, and said that anything I had for him, I could send by Mr. Burn's, also anything I had to say Mr. Burn's would hear for him. I gave Mr. B— the letter from A. P— to E. S. Sanford, but told Mr. Burns that I could not talk with him. Mr. Burns then left promising to call again in the evening with any message that Mr. Sanford would have.

At 4.00. p.m. the President and Suite arrived at the Astor House. Lincoln looked very pale, and fatigued. He was standing in his carriage bowing when I first saw him. From the carriage he went direct into the House, and soon after appeared on the Balcony, from where he made a short speech, but there was such a noise, it was impossible to hear what he said. Just about this time Mr. Burn's came again saying that Mr. Sanford would call to see me at 7.00. p.m.

I then wrote a note to N. B. Judd, and asked him to come to my room so soon as convenient. I gave the note to the bell-boy and told him to deliver immediately
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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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