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l be safer in his hands and those of his soldierly family than for many years past.
Information from various sources received in Aug. and Sept., 1861, convinced the government that there was serious danger of the secession of Maryland.
The secessionists possessed about two-thirds of each branch of the State legislature, and the general government had what it regarded as good reasons for believing that a secret, extra, and illegal session of the legislature was about to be convened at Frederick on the 17th of Sept. in order to pass an ordinance of secession.
It was understood that this action was to be supported by an advance of the Southern army across the Potomac — an advance which the Army of the Potomac was not yet in a condition to desire.
Even an abortive attempt to carry out this design would have involved great civil confusion and military inconvenience.
It was impossible to permit the secession of Maryland, intervening, as it did, between the capital and the loyal Sta