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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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In the conversation with Hilliard soon after going to my room, and after the Telegraph had been introduced in regard to Mr. Lincoln — I said to him "It is very singular that some plan of action, and mature arrangement by which you will know how to proceed, had not been proposed". Hilliard replied that there was a plan, and I asked him what it was — He said "My friend, that is what I would like to tell you, but I dare not — I wish I could — anything almost I would be willing to do for you, but to tell you that I dare not."

On Hilliard and I parting with Starr — the former said to me "anything that I have said to you be careful not to mention." He cautioned me in the same manner on leaving Harry Hemlings Billiard Room — as "Be careful not to say anything around here" — From his remarks I inferred that he desired me to be more careful about saying anything around Mrs. Hall's boarding House, and also around Hemling's Saloon.

In the course of the conversation during the evening, Hilliard remarked that there was something the matter with him. I remarked that it might be the ____ at this he seemed horried.

Hilliard left me at 1. oclock in the morning and went to stay all night, or the balance of it with his woman at Annette Travis' house of prostitution No. 70 Davis Street, as he had promised, her to come, so he said — He promised to meet me again at 12.00. m.

During the day Hilliard did not drink as much liquor as usual. He appeared melancholy most of the time that he was with me.

C.D.C.W. [10] — Reports

Tuesday 12th February 1861.

At about 9.00. a.m. I went to the Office and wrote my Reports. I also saw Mr. P— , and told him that I was afraid I could not play my part, as I had come across a Mississippi man who knew every place. A. P— said there was no danger, and all I wanted was self confidence.

I soon after left, and returned to my Hotel, where I got into conversation with Howell Sherwood, who superintends the Bar, and is brother to the Landlord. He told me he was for peace, but would go with the South, although he hated to give up the Stars and Stripes, but if it must be, he would go to Texas; that he was for the union if it could be preserved, but if not he was for the South, although he did not belong to the Seces — crowd in the City: that there was a gentleman here (Baltimore) last week from South Carolina, and he met with an old friend who took him to one of their Secession Meetings, and the next morning he came and told himself, that if any one had said there was such a conspiracy in this or any other City, amongst Christians, he would not have believed it; that last night he heard the vilest proposition proposed, by men, calling themselves men that ever was heard of: that they proposed to blow up the Capitol on the day that the Votes
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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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