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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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few — probably not exceeding from fifteen to twenty who would be really brave enough to make the attempt. — but that I thought Hillard was a fair sample of this class — a young man of good family, character and reputation — honorable, gallant and chivalrous, but thoroughly devoted to Southern rights, and who looked upon the North as being aggressors upon the rights of that section and upon every Northern man as an Abolitionist, and he (Mr. Lincoln) as the embodiment of all those evils, in whose death the South would be largely the gainers. I also told Mr. Lincoln that there would be a very large crowd in Baltimore on the occassion of his passing through that City: that he (Mr Lincoln) had had some experience of the danger in a large crowd from accident which met Col. Hunter at Buffalo where the Police were loyal, but that it would be infinitly worse in Baltimore, where owing to the depression in all kinds of business, there were very many people out of employment, and the crowd would in all probability be very large — this with "no Police Escort", or if there was an Escort it would be by a Disloyal Police, and the slightest sign of discontent would be sufficient to raise all the angry feeling of the Masses, and that then would be a favorable moment for the conspirators to operate: that again, as by the published route, he (Mr. Lincoln) in taking the Northern Central Rail Road from Harrisburg to Baltimore, would arrive at the Calvert Street Depot, and would have about one mile and a quarter to pass through the City in an open carriage, which would move but slowly through the dense crowd and that then it would be an easy matter for any assasin to mix in with the crowd and in the confusion of the moment shoot Mr. Lincoln if he felt so disposed: that I felt satisfied in my own mind that if Mr. Lincoln adhered to the published programe of his route to Washington that an assault of some kind would be made upon his person with a view to taking his life.

During the time I was speaking Mr. Lincoln listened with great attention only asking a question occasionally. We were interrupted once by the entrance of W. H. Lamon of Bloomington, Ills. who entered the room to give a note to Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Lamon recognized me, but I am positive he could not have known me had he not been informed by some one that I was with the President Elect.

After I had concluded Mr. Lincoln remained quiet for a few minutes apparently thinking, when Mr. Judd inquired. "If upon any kind of statement which might be made to him (Lincoln) would he (Lincoln) consent to leave for Washington on the train to-night." Mr. Lincoln said promptly "No, I cannot consent to this, I shall hoist the Flag on Independance Hall to-morrow morning (Washingtons birthday) and go to Harrisburg to-morrow, then I (Lincoln) have fulfilled all my engagements, and if you (addressing Mr. Judd), and you Allan (meaning me) think there is positive danger in my attempting to go through Baltimore openly according to the published programe — if you can arrange any way to carry out your views, I shall endeavor to get away quietly from the people at Harrisburgh to-morrow evening and shall place myself in your. [57]

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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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