may have been influenced, however, by the desire to shield Baltimore
from the indiscriminate violence anticipated by him and others from an aroused and indignant North.
The unexpected turn things had taken, greatly discouraged the Union
men, and some sought their homes in despair; but I saw a large number, in the course of the day and night, that were as firm and determined as ever.
The Hon. Alexander H. Evans
volunteered as an aide to the Governor
, and exerted himself as far as possible to rescue him from the secession influences by which he was surrounded on that unfortunate day.
On the morning of the 20th, I was sent for by the Hon. Henry Winter Davis
, and requested to accompany him to Washington
I understood that a mob had visited his house twice; he was not at home, as he had just returned that morning.
I found him much agitated, but hopeful and resolute.
We started for Washington
in the afternoon, driving out to the Relay
, and taking the train there.
When we reached the Annapolis Junction
, Mr. Davis
said, upon reflection, he thought I could do more good by returning to Annapolis
and “stiffening up the Governor
On arriving at Annapolis
I saw an unusually large number of persons at the depot, and was prepared to witness some demonstrations of secession sympathy; but all were as polite and courteous to me as ever, and there was a general expression of regret at the occurrences in Baltimore
In the evening, I called to see the Governor
He was much prostrated and very desponding; complained of loss of sleep; said he had been put in a false position by the administration; that he was a true Union man still, but they were taking the ground from beneath him by rash and hasty measures; that he supposed all of us would be regarded as traitors, and Maryland
treated as if she had attempted to secede.
I endeavored to reassure him, and expressed my earnest sympathy with him in his trying position.
After conferring with him about some provision for the safety of his family, in case the mob from Baltimore
should seek him in Annapolis
, of which, however, I had not the slightest apprehension, we discussed the question of convening the Legislature.
I begged him to adhere to his former and often-repeated resolution not to call it, but he was manifestly inclined to think the time had come to share his great responsibility with that body.
On Sunday night he made up his mind, and on Tuesday he issued his proclamation, fixing the 26th as the day of meeting.
On Monday, the 22d, the Governor
came up State House Hill
, looking composed and seeming to be quite cheerful.
I inquired his