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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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were counted, and then blow up the Custom House, and Post Office (Baltimore), and what else he dare not tell.

I said to Sherwood that it was all nonsense, and that the man was humbuging him. "Oh my God, it is so", said Howell, the man had to leave that afternoon by the boat or they would have killed him: that there is a d—d white headed son of a b— , a Lawyer, named Mc — somthing, who goes every day to Washington, and brings the news to this crowd, and that they hold secret meetings every night; that there was another blagard, Tom Smith, the Oyster-man, who would blow h— out of everything: that he was one of the principal leaders for a time: that he did not care what become of the town, so long as he and his party gained their point"

I said there were black sheep in every flock, but that I could not believe that they were so bad as he represented, because if they were why did not the authorities put them down. "Why d— it" said Howell, they hold their meetings secretly at the Eutaw House, or some such place: that at first they held their meeting at Reuben Hall, on Fayette street, but when they found honest men would not join them, they commenced holding the meetings privately: that Tom Smith is a d—d black-hearted villian, and ruined the Democratic ticket in this City, and that he (Howell) voted for Bell and Everett.

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Wednesday 13th February 1861.

W.H.S [11] — Reports,

At about 2.00. A.M. I arrived at Cincinnatti, and put up at the Burnett House, and learned that N. B. Judd had been in bed since about 11. o'clock, but that they would not disturb him: that I could see him in the morning as he did not leave until 9. o'clock.

They gave me a room, and I went to bed. I got up at 7.00. a.m. and waited until 8 o'clock when I saw "Judd" and gave him A. P— s letter.

After reading A. P— s letter, "Judd" said that he had been looking for this, and was going on to say more, when I said to him, that from information received from A. P—, I was satisfied that he (A.P.) desired this letter to him to be strictly confidential. Judd replied "that is true, and I am very much obliged to you and A. P— for the information." I asked him if he desired to Telegraph to A. P—, and after a moments reflection said "I think not," but would write to A. P— and that he had his address. I told him that I had a Cipher with me if he desired to Telegraph A.P. Judd said that he would like to take it with him in case he should conclude to do so. I replied that we had but in the Office and I could not spare it. the matter then dropped.

Judd repeated that he was very glad that he had got A. P— s letter, and asked me if I had just come through from Chicago. I replied that I had. He said that he
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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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