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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 Twenty picked men with good revolvers and knives that their calculation was to get up a row in the crowd with rotten eggs, and brick-bats, and that while the Police (some of whom understood the game) would be attending to this, that Captain Ferrandina and his men should attack the carriage with Lincoln and shoot every one in it, and trust to mixing up in the crowd to make their escape — but that if any of the members were taken the others were to rescue him at all cost, and at all hazard.

Mr. Luckett was very much excited and swore very hard against the d—d spies who had betrayed them, remarking that they would yet find them out, and when found they should meet the fate which Lincoln had for the present escaped.

I said to Mr. Luckett that it was indeed highly important that the spies should be found out, and trusted that no Effort should be spared for this purpose, and as I understood that Mr. Luckett was collecting money for the friends of Southern rights, I begged he would allow me to contribute a little more to this, and I took out my purse and handed Mr. Luckett, Ten dollars, but he refused saying that I had already been liberal enough, and I finally allowed him to return me Five dollars.

On leaving Mr Luckett I went to the Hotel and left my satchel and went to the Office where I found the men and received their reports, after which I went to the Post Office and got my mail. The whole people were in an excited state. The Hall of the Post Office, was crowded full with gentlemen and all sorts of rumors were afloat — I mixed in with them and of all the excitement I ever did see it was there — every-body appeared to be swearing mad, and no end to the imprecations which were poured out on Lincoln and the unknown Spies. I staid there about an hour, when I returned to the Hotel and found the following Dispatch.

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Saturday 23d February 1861 —

A. F. C — Reports.

Hillard and I got up at 7.00. a.m., and he started for his boarding house agreeing to return to my room at 11.00. a.m. I then went to Mann's Restaurant and got breafast, and from there went to the Office and wrote my reports. At 11.00. a.m. I returned to my room where I found Hillard. He was very much excited on account of a rumor that Lincoln had passed through Baltimore incog — early in the morning. Hillard said that he did not believe the report; that he had orders to be at the Depot at 12.30. p.m., and he had to go and wanted me to accompany him; that the council had ordered out the National Volunteers with instructions to be there (at the Depot).

We went to Mann's and had dinner, and from there to the Depot. On our way there he showed me large numbers of the Volunteers, some of whom he stopped and spoke with. To-day he (Hillard) wore his Palmetto Tree [47] on the outside of
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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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