l better about our affairs than I did when you were here;
Six months before. nor take a more cheerful view of them than you do in your letters.
To Sir Edmund Head. Boston, April 9, 181.
I had a letter this morning from a gentleman in Baltimore, eminent for his talents and position, who has exercised much influence through the border States against secession during the last four months. But he is now much disheartened.
He says that disunion sentiments are gaining ground in Virginia a, the Administration, whether of Buchanan or of Lincoln, could act with little efficiency.
Now the rudder is felt.
Maryland must yield, or become a battle-ground over which the opposing forces will roll their floods alternately.
Baltimore must open her gates, or the city will be all but razed.
At least, so far we seem to see ahead.
But the people, the sovereign, came to the rescue at the last moment. . . . . Now the movement—partly from having been so long delayed and restra