A gentleman from Washington reports that the following is the language of Mr. Lincoln to the Baltimore Committee:--
Gentlemen: You have come here to ask for peace on any terms.
Such a desire, on such terms, is not like the course of Washington or Jackson.
They — the rebels — attacked Fort Sumter, and you attack the troops sent to the Federal Government for the protection of the same, and for the defence of the lives and the property of the inhabitants of this city.
My intention was never to attack Maryland, but to have those troops, as I said before, for the protection of Washington.
Now, gentlemen, go home and tell your people, that if they will not attack us, we will not attack them; but if they do attack us, we will return it, and that severely.
Those troops must come to Washington, and that through Maryland.
They can neither go under it nor can they fly over it, and they shall come through it.--Philadelphia Press April 26