years before his death Mr. Pinkerton
furnished me with a large volume of the written reports of his subordinates and an elaborate account by himself of the conspiracy and the means he employed to ferret it out. The narrative, thrilling enough in some particulars, is too extended for insertion here.
It is enough for us to know that the tragedy was successfully averted and that Mr. Lincoln
was safely landed in Washington
In January preceding his departure from Springfield Mr. Lincoln
, becoming somewhat annoyed, not to say alarmed, at the threats emanating from Baltimore and other portions of the country adjacent to Washington
, that he should not reach the latter place alive, and that even if successful in reaching the Capitol
his inauguration should in some way be prevented, determined to ascertain for himself what protection would be given him in case an effort should be made by an individual or a mob to do him violence.
He sent a young military officer in the person of Thomas Mather
, then Adjutant-General
, to Washington
with a letter to General Scott
, in which he recounted the threats he had heard and ventured to inquire as to the probability of any attempt at his life being made on the occasion of his inauguration.
, on his arrival in Washington
, found General Scott
confined to his room by illness and unable to see visitors.
calling a second time and sending in his letter he was invited up to the sick man's chamber.
“Entering the room,” related Mather
in later years, “I found the old warrior, ”