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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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Mr. Luckett said that the Northern Rail Roads were using their Roads to transport Troops to Washington, but that this would soon be ended; that the Roads would be stopped by law, or act of the Convention, and by the Virginia and Maryland Troops; that this should, and would be done. Mr. Luckett said that to-day there was a number of Troops coming from the North — they would be here this afternoon, but not many more should be allowed to pass through: that there were Thousands of Mechanics who were at the present time with their families in a state of starvation — We are enlisting them daily — said Mr. Luckett, we can get as many as we want of them — just say to them "all your sufferings come from this Black Republican rule, and we will give you each Ten Dollars and bread for your family, and good pay every month — We do not want you to leave your families, or your houses, but to stay here and fight for them — How many will refuse this"? said Mr. Luckett.

"I tell you my friend" said Mr. Luckett, "it will be but a short time until you will find Governor Hicks will have to fly, or he will be hung — He (Gov. Hicks) is a traitor to his God and his Country."

Mr. Luckett in reply to a remark of mine about President Lincoln passing through Baltimore said — "He (Lincoln) may pass through quietly but I doubt it — " "There are a great many men in this City Mr. Hutcheson [16] — good men — aye — and good blood to." I remarked that Police Marshall Kane had promised Lincoln a safe transit through Baltimore. "Oh!" said Mr. Luckett "that is easily promised, but may not be so easily done — Marshall Kane don't know any more than any other man, and not so much as some others — but time will tell — time will tell."

Mr. Luckett said that probable when the Southern Congress met it would prohibit the importation of Slaves into the Confederate States from the States outside the Confederation, and that if they did so, then then the Border Slave States must join the confederation or become Free States.

I fully endorsed this view of Mr Lucketts, and took strong grounds for immediate secession, and the occupancy of the Capitol. Mr. Luckett said that I should soon see a move made in the right direction; that no more Northern troops should be allowed to pass Southwards through Maryland; that there was an organization here which was powerful enough to bid defiance to Lincoln and his Abolitionist Crew. I (Luckett) shall never so help me God, acknowledge it as a Government — never, Mr. Hutcheson — never. We are raising money and giving it to the organization to purchase Arms, and also getting Arms, and amunition on hand so we can arm the Mechanics who are out of employment and starving — "Those men", said Mr. Luckett "will fight, when they believe that Lincoln is the cause of all this misery, aye, and they will fight to the death." Look Mr. Hutcheson at our City — at what it is now, and what it has been, and tell me if we are not going to ruin — Mr Luckett here told me of several business firms who had become Bankrupt within a few days — Of course in all these things I cordially sympathized with
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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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