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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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about me, and who I was. Lamon said that Hanscomb Knew me, and all about me, and I replied "I suppose you have told him", He (Lamon) said yes, when Hanscomb assured him that he did not know me. I got quite angry and swore some and told Lamon that Hanscomb did not know me, but had taken that method to draw it out of him, and that I had already told him (Lamon) that I held Mr. Lincoln's pledge of secresy as regards me, I should at once see Mr. Lincoln and insist upon his (Lincoln) making Lamon hold his tongue. Mr. Lamon was very much excited at this and begged that I should not do this, and that he would at once see Hanscomb and have him keep my name out of the paper. Lamon left me and returned and took a seat by Hanscomb. [46]

I remained around the Hotel until about 2.00. p.m. when I sent a card signed E. I. Allen to Mr. Lincoln — saying that I was about to leave for Baltimore and requesting to see him for a moment. I received an immediate reply asking me to come to his room. There was a delegation of Members of Congress there — Governor Seward and several other gentlemen. Mr. Lincoln took me into an adjoining room and thanked me very kindly for the service I had rendered him, saying that fully appreciated them &c. &c — , and requesting me to call upon him every time I came to Washington, and let him know when he could be of any service to me. He asked me how long I thought I should be in Baltimore and I replied that I presumed I would be there until the Inaugeration, and he requested that if I had anything further to communicate I could do so either directly to himself or to Mr. Judd. He again assured me that my connection with the affair should be kept secret by him. I shook hands and retired to the Office where I paid my bill, and then left for the Depot, taking the 3.10. p.m. train for Baltimore.

At the Annapolis Junction we met the train with Mr. Lincoln's Suite on board. I had an oppertunity of seeing Mr. Judd for a moment and he said that there was some very tall swearing being done by the members of the party — but that this would soon be all done. that none of them could understand it, nor why they each were not taken into the secret. I informed Mr. Judd of the foolish conduct of Mr. Lamon and he promised to attend to the fool on his arrival in Washington.

I arrived in Baltimore about 5.00. p.m. and in the Depot met Mr. Luckett. He was very glad to see me, and took me one side and told me about the d — ble manner in which Lincoln passed through Baltimore. He said that he was collecting money for the freinds in Baltimore, and they would yet make the attempt to assassinate Lincoln; that if it had not been for d — d spies somwhere, Lincoln never could have passed through Baltimore; that the men were all ready to have done the job, and were in their places, and would have murdered the d — d Abolitionist had it not been that they were cheated. He said that Captain Ferrandina had had
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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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