bring Mr. Lincoln
and a portion of his party through Baltimore
by a night train without previous notice.”
The seriousness of this information was doubled by the fact that Mr. Lincoln
had, that same day, held an interview with a prominent Chicago
detective who had been for some weeks employed by the president of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore railway to investigate the danger to their property and trains from the Baltimore
The investigations of this detective, a Mr. Pinkerton
, had been carried on without the knowledge of the New York detective, and he reported not identical, but almost similar, conditions of insurrectionary feeling and danger, and recommended the same precaution.
very earnestly debated the situation with his intimate personal friend, Hon. N. B. Judd
, perhaps the most active and influential member of his suite, who advised him to proceed to Washington
that same evening on the eleven-o'clock train.
“I cannot go to-night,” replied Mr. Lincoln
; “I have promised to raise the flag over Independence Hall tomorrow morning, and to visit the legislature at Harrisburg
Beyond that I have no engagements.”
The railroad schedule by which Mr. Lincoln
had hitherto been traveling included a direct trip from Harrisburg
, through Baltimore
, to Washington
on Saturday, February 23.
When the Harrisburg
ceremonies had been concluded on the afternoon of the 22d, the danger and the proposed change of program were for the first time fully laid before a confidential meeting of the prominent members of Mr. Lincoln
Reasons were strongly urged both for and against the plan; but Mr. Lincoln
finally decided and explained that while he himself was not afraid he would be assassinated, nevertheless, since the possibility of danger