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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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At 12.18. p.m. I went to the Express Office and wrote the following Dispatch which Mr. McCullough sent to the Telegraph office.

"I. C. Babcock.
Adams Express New. York.
Telegraph Sanford that Plums is here and says no mistake — no doubt — no question — It is positive and beyond all cavil — as sure as cotton ever had Ten — and that he shall as certainly ruin if his orders is as warmly backed as Lemons did then. [38]

Plums will Sumac Lemons from

(Signed) R. P. McCullough"

At 1.00. p.m. I went to Mr. Feltons Office and met him and Messrs Stevens [39] and McKinsey. We had a very long discussion on the programe for this evening, It was finally agreed that Wm Stearns should go to Baltimore on the accomodation train this evening and be prepared to act as Mr. Felton had suggested in our previous interview, as also that George Stearns should Telegraph Mr. Sanford from Wilmington as greed upon. Mr. Felton put up a Package of old papers and addressed it to E. I. Allen Esq. Williams Hotel, Washington. D.C. sealed it and marked it valuable and gave it to Mr. Kensey and wrote a note to the Conductor of the evening train South — requesting him not to start his train until he would receive this package from Mr. Kinsey — as this package must go through to Washington on to-nights train. Mr. Felton directed Mr. Kinsey to meet at the west Philadelphia Station of the Philadelphia Rail Road at 9.45. p.m. and to come with Myself and Mr. Lincoln to near the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Rail Road Depot and after seeing that Myself and Party were on board to run into the Depot and hand the Conductor the package and start the train.

Mr. Felton said that in order not appear Privy to any of these arrangements he would go to the Theatre with his family this evening.

At 3.30. p.m. I left Mr. Feltons and returned to the St Louis Hotel and after getting dinner went to M. B — s room and directed her to be ready to leave the St Louis about 9.20. p.m.: to get a private carriage and drive to the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Rail Road Depot and meet Mr. Dunn who would arrive from Baltimore at 9.50. p.m. and have him procure Tickets for three from Philadelphia to Washington, and also to secure four double berths and also to receive from Dunn all written and verbal reports he might have for me from Baltimore, then to get in the sleeping car and keep possession of the Sleeping Car Berths until my arrival with Mr. Lincoln. I directed her to secure the Berths in the rear part of the rear part of the Car, which would be the last in the train, and to request Mr. Dunn to get the rear door in the car opened so I could enter by it.

I then went to the Telegraph and Express Offices to see if any dispatches had been received but found none. I remained around the St Louis in a State of suspence until about 8.30. p.m. when I telegraphed.

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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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