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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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trains over this Road, or any other in the State. They talked on in this strain for some time, after which we all went over to Taylors Saloon, At 10.00. p.m. I went to my room, wrote my report and then went to bed. —

Thursday 26th. February 1861 [49]

A. F. C — Reports —

I and Hillard, who occupied a room with me (at the National Hotel, Washington, D.C.) got up at 8.00 — a.m. and had breakfast, after which Hillard went in search of a room, and I remained at the Hotel, Hillard returned at 11.00. a.m. and said that he had succeeded in finding a room, and I then went with him to said room, which was at the "European Hotel," situated on Eleventh Street — From there we went to the Capitol and remained until 2.00. p.m. On our way thence to our room, Hillard spoke to a man on the Street, and after passing the salutations of the day said to him "I have come to see Old Abe." The man said "Well, Old Abe, had a quick trip through Baltimore" — Hillard remarked "yes, and it was well for him that he went through as quick as he did." This acquaintance of Hillard's then accompanied us down the Street, and on the way (the friend), remarked pointing to a man, "There stands Jim Burns, commander of the National Volunteers," upon which he left us, and I and Hillard continued our walk, Hillard afterwards told me that this James Burns was one of the principal men in the National Volunteers.

In the course of our walk, Hillard purchased a Baltimore paper, and seeing a notice in it for the Members of Company No. 9. of the National Volunteers to meet at their room (in Baltimore) for the purpose of electing Officers, gave me to understand that this notice was only a "blind"; that it was intended for all the members of the Volunteers, and that there was no necessity for an Election of Officers — that the notice in the paper was to call all the members to their respective quarters without giving the public a chance to speculate on the meaning and object of the meeting.

Before we had arrived at our Hotel, we had stopped into a Restaurant where we met a man by the name of Bement, who I had seen at Niles. Michigan, where he delivered a Lecture. He said to me "How are you — when did you leave South Bend?" I replied "I left some time since". Hillard in the mean time went into a little side room to see how the eating department looked. I called Bement outside of the Saloon and told him that I did not wish to be known there, as I was employed by the State Bank of Indiana to hunt up some Forgeries committed on the Branch at South Bend. This seemed to satisfy him. Hillard came out, and we left. He did not say anything in regard to what passed Bement and me, but my impression was that he heard the word "South" but not "Bend".

On the Street we met a man from Kalamazo, Michigan, by the name of S. Chadwick, who knew me, and on his coming up said, "How are you." I appeared not to know him, but it was no go. He Said "Don't you know me — Kalamazo
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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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