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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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it advisable for the Express Company to double thier Messengers for the present on the runs between Philadelphia and Baltimore and between Harrisburg and Baltimore, not that I had any idea that any parties who might be contemplating an attack on the life of President Lincoln meditated an attack on the property of the Express Company, but that should anything of the kind occur professional theives seeing an oppertunity offer to operate successfully might with a view to plunder join the attacking party.

Mr. Sanford said he would see Col. Bingham and at once have this attended to, and at my request said that no explanations should be made to Mr. Shoemaker of Baltimore in relation to the reason for doubling the force of messengers. I made this request not that I doubted the Honesty or Loyalty of Mr Shoemaker but that I feared his discretion.

About 10.15. p.m. having learned that Mr. Lincoln had retired to his room, I carried a note from Mr. Judd to him saying that he (Judd) desired to see him (Lincoln) at his (Judd's) roon so soon as conveninent on Private business of importance. Col. Ellsworth [56] who was officiating as Equery in waiting refused to deliver the note, but accompanied me to Mr. Judd's room, who at once ordered Ellsworth to deliver the note, and in about ten minutes thereafter Mr Lincoln entered the room — of course a very large crowd followed him to the door which was at once guarded by Ellsworth. Mr. Judd introduced me to Mr. Lincoln who at once recollected me. I then introduced Henry Sanford Esq. who immediately retired.

Mr. Judd briefly detailed to Mr. Lincoln the circumstances under which I had gone to Baltimore to operate with a view the protection of the Philadelphia, Willmington, and Baltimore Rail Road, and that whilst so operating amongst the Secessionists that I had discovered a determination amongst certain parties to attempt taking the life of him (Mr. Lincoln) whilst passing through Baltimore.

Whilst Mr. Judd was talking Mr. Lincoln listened very attentively, but did not say a word, nor did his countenance which I watched very closely, show any emotion. He appeared thoughtful and serious, but decidedly firm.

When Mr. Judd had concluded he requested me to detail the circumstances connected with Ferrandina, Hillard and others, and what my opinion was of the probable attempt. I did so commenting at some length on the fact of overhearing Col. Kane, Marshall of Baltimore, state of last Saturday at Barnum's Hotel that he would give "no Police Escort" probably referring to the passage of Mr. Lincoln through Baltimore, I alluded to the expressions of Hillard and Ferrandina: that they were ready to give their lives for the welfare of their Country, as also that their country was South of Mason's and Dixon's line: that they were ready and willing to die to rid their Country of a tyrant as they considered Lincoln to be. I said that I did not desire to be understood as saying that there were any large number of men engaged in this attempt — but that on the contrary I thought there were very
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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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