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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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York, and that New Orleans was the Paradise of the United States. Hughes asked me how times were in New Orleans — I replied that times were hard — Hughes remarked "Well — times are hard here — I presume there is some excitement in New Orleans — they are all secession there — here we are about half and half — I understand that they have men watching the Rail Road Bridge between here and Philadelphia: the Rail Roads are afraid that they will be destroyed — but I do not know if it will do any good — " winking at the same time. I then left him to go to my room, inviting him to call at my room when he had leisure — He replied that he would be happy to extend the acquaintance.

When Hilliard and I left Mr. Hall's to go up the Street, he introduced me to a Mr. Starr, a Reporter for one of the Baltimore papers — about 30 years of age — and Hilliard asked him to join us in a drink which invitation he readily accepted. On leaving Starr, Hilliard and I went to supper at Mann's Restaurant, after which we went to Harry Hemlings Billiard Room, when I asked the latter to go with us to the Theatre — but he said it was now 8 o'clock, and too late for him to dress: that he would be pleased to go at any other time.

There was a man at Hemling's who had just arrived from South Carolina — and who was very much in favor of Southern Confederacy.

Hilliard and I left Hembling's and went to the "Pagoda" Concert Saloon and remained there until about 10.00. p.m., when Hilliard proposed to go to Annette Travis, No. 70. Davis Street, which we did. Hilliard and his woman seemed very much pleased at meeting, and hugged and kissed each other for about an hour, when I proposed to go. Hilliard's woman wished him to remain, and finally after asking him several times to come, I started for the door, went out on to the sidewalk and shortly Hilliard came out and we went to my room at Mr. Halls, where we sat and talked until about 1.00 a.m. Hilliard said that Company No. 4. National Volunteers [8] drilled to-night: that the Company which he did belong to would drill to-morrow night, and that he must go to the drill then. He then asked me if I had seen a statement of Lincolns route to Washington City — I replied that I had — Hilliard said "By the By, that reminds me that I must go and see a certain party in the morning the first thing." I asked him what about — He replied "about Lincoln's route, I want to see about the Telegraph in Philadelphia and New York and have some arrangements made about Telegraphing — " I remarked "how do you mean?" Hilliard said "Suppose that some of Lincoln's friends would arrange so that the Telegraph messages should be mis-carried, we would have some signs to telegraph by: for instance supposing, that we should Telegraph to a certain point "all up at 7," that would mean that Lincoln would be at such a point at 7 o'clock.

I would here state that in the evening we went to Farridina's Barber shop, under Barnums Hotel, but he was not in. Hilliard inquired for Captain Farridina. [9]

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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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