y county, and nothing would give me more pain than to be compelled to shed the blood of Maryland citizens."
Mr. Quincey conversed with several of the soldiers, who expressed an aversion to come into conflict with our people, but said they were under orders and must obey.
The people were unwilling to credit anything that came from the troops encamped in Maryland, and still kept on the preparation for the result, whatever it might be.
About a quarter before five o'clock, Mr. Stricker Bradford returned to the city from the Pennsylvania camp and reported to Col. George W. Hughes.
He said he was in the camp and conversed with its officers.
Mr. B. reported them to be 2,400 strong, about one-fourth of whom were in uniform.
He heard nothing of reinforcements, but said they were well armed and generally a good looking body of men. They did not say at what time they would move, nor did they appear to be communicative.
In the afternoon Mr. Albert Ritchie and Mr. Samuel Gas