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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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was going to be the battlefield, but old Abe had got safe to Washington. Sherrington replied "By G — d, he would not if the boys had got their eyes on him, that they would have shot him for they had enerything ready to do it with and that if we would go up the street he would show us the kind of tools the boys carried here.

We then went to a Store on Baltimore Street, where he got the Clerk to show us some pistols. Sherrington said they were the kind that he was telling me a bout, and was the best Pistol that was made. I went into the backroom and tried one, and found it very good. Sherrington said that those were the kind the boys carried, and that he was going to get one.

We then went to a Saloon and got a drink, and from the Saloon went to Sherwoods where we got some Oysters, and another drink. There were several persons in the place talking about shooting "Old Abe" — some said that they did not believe Lincoln would have been hurt, and others again said that they knew a d — d sight better, for they were acquainted with men who belonged to the Organization who were ready for anything, and would just as leave shoot Lincoln as they would a rat. We then went to the Drill room, but found very few men there, We waited there some time, when a few more came, with whom Sherrington and William's got into conversation. They learned from this last party that Col. Haskell would not be in Baltimore until Friday: that they expected him here to-day so as to make arrangement to go with him to Charleston. I said that that would just suit me. Sherrington replied that if I came there on Friday I could see him, and I promised that I would try to be there, so as to make arrangements to go with him to Charlston, We then took another drink and seperated.

I then went to the Office, and reported to Mr. P—, after which I left for the Howard House, where I met H. H. L. — , [48] and went with her to Mr. Springers Store He told us that he would be in Perrymansville in the morning.

We then went to the Depot and took the 5.11. p.m. train for Perrymans, arriving there at 6.30. p.m. had supper, after which I called to see Captain Keen, I found Mr. Ellis and five or six others at the Store, talking about Lincoln's passage through Baltimore. Mr. Ellis said that they talked pretty hard about it in Baltimore, and believed just as we did here, that the Rail-Road Company knew all about it several days before he passed through. James Micheal (Captain Keens — brother-in-law) said that when you come to look at it, it was plain enough to see that the Company must have known all about it, and, that was why they had so many men at the Bridges, and changing the Telegraph Operatives. Mr. Ellis a member of the Rangers proposed to pull up the Rail-Road track and stop the travel South: that it was the only thing left to bring them Northerners to their senses. James Micheal thought to make the work complete they should besides tearing up the Rail-Road track, sink, or burn the boat at Havre-de-Grace, so they could not cross the River. Captain Keen wanted to bet that before three weeks had passed, that Maryland would be out of the Union, and then he would like to see them run the
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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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