because others signed it, but when we found that if we landed we had to take the oath, we preferred to stay on board"
Gen B.--"What is your objection to taking the oath?"
Mr. R--"I don't wish to take any oath on compulsion"
Gen B--"NoGen B--"No compulsion, sir — no compulsion"
Mr. R--"Well, sir, I am a loyal citizen of Maryland, and as it is possible that Maryland may secede from the Union, I wish to remain free to follow her destinies."
Gen B--"Aha ! there you are — well, sir, Gen B--"Aha ! there you are — well, sir, you are where neither Judge Taney nor a habeas corpus can reach you — and if I had stayed in Baltimore another day, I would have made every mother's son of you take the oath or leave the town.
I will commit you, sir, as a spy Sergeant, take this fehusband as you"
Mr. R.--"Well, sir, if you are resolved to put me in irons, I will take the oath under protest."
Gen B.--"No you don't"
Mr. R.--"Well, I will take it with a mental reservation."
Gen. B--"About that you can do as