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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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Saturday 23d February 1861 —

A. P— Reports —

We arrived at Baltimore on time about 3.30. a.m., when M. B — left the train, took a Carriage and went to the Hotel, I got up out of my Berth on arriving at the Depot of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Rail Road. Whilst at that Depot Mr. Wm. Stearns came in and I learned from him in a whisper that all was right. We now proceeded on to the Depot of the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road, where at 4.15. a.m. we left for Washington. Mr. Lincoln did not get up — while at the latter Depot we had considerable amusement by the repeated calls of the Night Watchman of the Company to rouse the Ticket Agent who appeared to be asleep in a wooden building close by the sleeping car. He repeatedly attempted to awaken the sleepy Official, by pounding on the side of the building with a club, and hallowing "Captain its Four O'clock", This he kept up for about twenty minutes without any change in the time, and many funny remarks were made by the passengers at the Watchmans time being always the same. Mr. Lincoln appeared to enjoy it very much and made several witty remarks showing that he was as full of fun as ever.

We arrived at Washington about 6.00. a.m. and being all ready we left the car amongst the first In passing through the Depot I obsered Mr. Wm Stearns close by us — A gentleman looked very sharp at Mr. Lincoln who was on my right, and as we passed him he caught hold of Mr. Lincoln saying "Abe you can't play that on me". I hit the gentleman a punch with my elbow as he was close to me, staggering him back, but he recovered himself, and again took hold of Mr. Lincoln remarking that he knew him. I was beginning to think that we were discovered, and that we might have to fight, and drew back clenching my fist, and raising it to take the gentleman a blow, when Mr. Lincoln took hold of my arm saying "Don't strike him Allan, don't strike him — that is my friend Washburne [36] — don't you know him?"

I at once told Mr. Washburne as we walked along not to do or say aught which would attract the attention of the passengers — and we walked out of the Depot and took a Hack — Mr. Lincoln, Messrs Washburne, and Lamon, [37] and Myself got in and drove to Willards Hotel.

Mr. Washburne said that he was at the Depott, expecting Mr. Lincoln on account of a Telegraph Dispatch received from the Son of Governor Seward, and that Gov. Seward was to have been at the Depot also, but that he (Washburne) did not see him. I apologized for "Punching" him at the Depot, on the ground that I did not know him, and he expressed himself satisfied saying that he ought to have been more cautious. Before arriving at the Hotel, Mr. Lincoln, Washburne, and Myself left the carriage and walked to-wards the ladies entrance, and Mr. Lamon drove to the Hotel to request Mr. Willard to meet us at the Ladys entrance.
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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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