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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 22d February 1861 —

A. P. — Reports —

At 12.10. A.M. I again left the Continental Hotel in search of Mr. Franciscus, [29] having previously called on Mr. Judd and requested him to remain until I could return. Henry Sanford was with Mr. Judd. I drove to Mr. Franciscus' house but was informed that he was not at home, but sent word to his family that he had gone to his Office in West Philadelphia. I accordingly drove there and found him. I went with him to his Office, and told what was required — viz — a special train to bring Mr. Lincoln from Harrisburg to Philadelphia this evening. Superintendant Franciscus said that if this was necessary of course it should be done, but that they all ready had three special trains on the Road for this evening, wich would be fully loaded with Citizens and Soldiers. My request Mr Franciscus accompanied me to the Continental Hotel, and to Mr. Judd's room, where we found Mr. Sanford. It was fully arranged that as early after dark as possible Mr Lincoln was to leave Harrisburg and get out to the train which would be about half a mile from the Depot, and that Superintendant Franciscus would himself take charge of the train and have Mr. Lincoln in West Philadelphia to meet me at about 10.30. p.m. This being arranged, and it being now about ___.00. a.m., I left with Mr. Franciscus and took him home in the carriage, and from thence drove to Mr. Burn's house on Prune Street, rung the bell and waked him up, and told him of what arrangements had been made, requesting him to be ready early in the morning to go to the Telegraph Office and get a practical Telegraph Climber and make arrangements for the Climber and him (Burns) to go to Harrisburg on the Presidental Train this morning at nine o'clock and to inolate Harrisburg from Telegraphic communications with the world by six p.m. and to keep it so until 7.00. a.m. tomorrow.

After leaving Mr. Burn's I drove to the St Louis Hotel it being now, and settled with the Hack-driver. At this time the people were rapidly assembling in front of Independance Hall to witness the raising of a United States flag by Mr. Lincoln which was announced for sun-rise.

Having washed and put on some clean clothes at 6.00. a.m. I went to see Mr. Dunn, Agent for Harnden's Express Company to procure him to go to Baltimore to see A.F.C. and procure the Reports of Operations in Balimore since I left. Mr. Dunn consented to go on the 8.00. a.m. train. I did not explain what the nature of the business was, but gave him a key to the Office and a letter to "A.F.C." requesting "A.F.C." to give him the Reports of himself and C.D.C.W., which had been made since I left, and also to send by him any verbal Report he might deem necessary for me, and assurring him (A.F.C.) that the bearer (Dunn) was fully reliable. I also gave Mr Dunn, Fifteen Dollars to pay his expenses and directed him to return on the train leaving Baltimore for Philadelphia at 5.15. p.m. and that on arriving at the Depot at Philadelphia he would there find "M.B," and to procure for her such tickets as she might require and see to her getting seats in the
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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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