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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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"G. H. Bang's
"80. Washington Street. Chicago.
"Plums has Nuts — arri'd at Barley [44] — all right.
E. I. Allen"

"S. M. Felton
"President. P.W.&B.R.R.
"Philadelphia.
"Arrived here all Safe.
E. I. Allen."

After sending the Dispatches I Met Mr. Lamon. He was very much excited about the passage of Mr. Lincoln, and was anxious to Telegraph C. S. Wilson of the Chicago Journal in relation to it, and that he (Lamon) had arrived with Lincoln.

I endeavored to impress upon him that the arrival of Mr. Lincoln was yet considered secret and that nothing should be done by any one to make it public until it had been desired by Mr Lincoln and his advisers what shape his sudden arrival should assume, urging upon Mr. Lamon that the shape first given to Mr Lincoln's secret passage through Baltimore would in all probability be the shape it would retain; that this question in the present excited state of the public mind was fraught with grave consequences and that great care should be taken by all to consider well what was the best light to place it in. I also [45] reminded Mr. Lamon that whatever light this movement might be placed in, he must remember that I held Mr. Lincoln's pledge that I should for ever remain unknown as having anything whatever to do with it, All I could say to Mr. Lamon however appeared to be futile — regardles of all consequences he was determined to make a "Splurge" and have his name gure largely in it. The movement had been endorsed by Gov. Seward, and "it must be right", and Lamon would act upon no reasoning of mine. He talked so foolishly that I lost patience with him and set him down in my own mind as a brainless egotistical fool — and I still think so.

I left Lamon and walked up the Avenue and returned in about an hour, when I observed Lamon in conversation with the Reporter of the New York Herald, Mr. Hanscomb. They were in the Hall near the desk and I could plainly see that Lamon had been drinking — as I passed them without recognizing Lamon I observed Hanscomb look very hard at me and he kept his eye on me while I was around — pretty soon Hanscomb, Lamon went to the bar, and drinked — talked for a short time and drinked again — soon after repeating the dose — then Hanscomb went to the table accompanied by Lamon and commenced writing occasionally stopping to talk to Lamon. I saw that Hanscomb was "pumping" Lamon, and I motioned Lamon to me, and at once very angrily accused Lamon of telling Hanscomb
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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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