the North a prevalent suspicion of Maryland Unionism.
Even Mr. Lincoln, with all his acuteness and all his means of knowledge, and with a Maryland representative in his Cabinet, harbored doubts, though he was very cautious in expressing them.
The Hon. Alexander H. Evans, before mentioned, relates a ludicrous incident, which serves to show the lurking suspicion in the President's mind.
After the 19th of April riot Mr. Evans made application to the President on behalf of the Union men of Cecil county for a thousand stand of arms.
You shall have them, said Mr. Lincoln; and then, with that well-known, but indescribable expression playing around his mouth, he added, after a pause, but are you quite certain which way they will point them?
It must be admitted that appearances gave room for doubt; and yet I firmly believe that Winter Davis was right in claiming for a majority of the Maryland people a fealty to the Union.
There were many secessionists — not a few, able, earnest, and fearl