Reprinted from The Sun of Monday, February 25, 1861.
Mr. Lincoln's Secret Passage through Baltimore - Immense Gathering at Calvert Station - Arrival of the Special Train from Harrisburg - Disappointment - The Republican Committee - Mrs. Lincoln and Family on the Train - Their Departure for Washington - Mr. Lincoln's Appearance at Washington - Interviews with Mr. Buchanan and Gen. Scott.
Saturday was the day appointed for the passage of Mr. Lincoln, President elect, through Baltimore, and as a matter of course curiosity was on tiptoe to behold the man who had been chosen to stand at the helm of the ship of State. At an early hour crowds of people gathered about the streets, and shortly after a dispatch was received at the newspaper offices that Mr. Lincoln was in Washington, having gone down by the early train. The story was not credited - nine out of every ten believed it a ruse to prevent a large gathering at the Calvert station, where he was expected to arrive. The people would not believe that they deserved such treatment at the hands of the President elect, and did not think him capable of such conduct. In the face of all that has been said to the contrary by people who know little or nothing of Baltimore, it is an orderly and well governed city, and a public respect, if nothing else, would have guaranteed to Mr. Lincoln the consideration which his position should carry with it.
For an hour the news spread like fire, and the few who believed that he had passed through Baltimore incognito were indignant that upon the first Southern soil he declined to let the people know of his presence in their midst. It appears that while at Harrisburg, on Friday afternoon dispatches were sent to him from Washington advising him to leave forthwith, and not follow his programme of travel through Baltimore, over the Northern Central Railway, as his life would pay the penalty of such indiscretion. Following this advice, which is said to have been from Mr. Seward, and aided by a letter or dispatch from Gen. Scott to the same effect, Mr. Lincoln left Harrisburg by special locomotive about seven o'clock, and reached Philadelphia just in time to take the sleeping car of the 11 P.M. train from Philadelphia for Washington city, passing through Baltimore about four o'clock on Saturday morning. The news of his arrival in Washington was by the people of Baltimore deemed a clear attempt to hoax, though a tall man, reported to be the Governor of Iowa, and very well answering the description of Lincoln, was said to have been on the train from Philadelphia. Visions of an armed mob doubtless floated before the eyes of Mr. Lincoln, distinct as those which begot the idea of a contemplated attack on the federal capital; but visions they were, for there was no reality about them. The dispatches sent to some of the New York papers, probably like those received by Mr. Lincoln, spoke of a mighty conspiracy by men high in Southern confidence, and endorsed by bankers, to take the life of the President elect, were as false as they were ridiculous.
The people, after the second dispatch had been received, stating positively that Mr. Lincoln had arrived in Washington, still would not believe that the man who, "if need be, would suffer assassination," would thus pass through Baltimore, nor say "how do you do?" on the way.