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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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Baltimore Feb. 20, 1861.

This is to certify that Charles Williams
Is an enrolled Member of the National Volunteers,
Company "A" and entitled to all the privileges of the Same.
Robt. E. Hasletz. William Byrne, [51] President.

After getting our Certicates, Mr. Hack, Sherrington, and I went to Gerry's Saloon. I asked Mr. Hack what drill they used. He replied that they used no regular drill yet: that the trouble was there were too many "bosses": that he had been drilling Company "B," but had been ordered to attend "A", and also that there was some talk of sending Five Hundred men to Charleston next week. I told him I was some acquainted with Military Tactics, and would like to copy their drill so as to be ready to act when wanted. Mr. Hack, said that he had been through the Mexican War, and made me promise to attend next Monday, when they intended Organizing and electing their Officers, and that he intended running for first Lieutenant.

On our return to the Hotel I got into conversation with two gentlemen who were stopping at Sherwoods — one was an Englishman, but said that he came to this country when he was sixteen months old: that he had recently come from Alabama here (Baltimore), and was travelling with his friend, who had some business to transact.

In the evening we went to the Melodion Concert Hall to-gether. The Englishman said his name was "Thompson," and his friends name was "Davis". Thompson said that he owned a nice little farm in Lymer County, Iowa, [52] which he intended some day settling on. I asked him if he was not for the South, He said "Oh! Yes," but he was for peace, and hoped that the Union would be preserved. I replied that I too owned land in Iowa, but I would be d — d if I would live in a Northern State.

Thompson was very talkative about his farm, and in the middle of his conversation turned to Davis and said, "Don't forget — you must go after that money to-morrow." There was something peculiar about their movements that Sherrington did not like. He told me to be careful of them, for that he believed they were two d—d spies. Davis talked some about the Alabama River, where it seems he had run a Scow — this gave Sherrington a little more confidence in them but still he suspected that they were not "all right."

Mr. Thompson said that he would show me a splended Revolver, that had been sent him from London, if I would remind him of it to-morrow. On returning to the hotel they took a lamp and went to their room. Sherrington again remarked that he did not like those fellows.

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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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