The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry
Baltimore, Nov. 15, 1859.
Capt Jno. T. Sinn,
"United Guards", Frederick, Md.
Dear Sir:—I have intended writing you since the 2nd inst., on which day the President of this Company handed me your letter of the 1st, addressed to him. He requested me to reply to it, and to refund you the amount you paid the Company for your fare in coming to Baltimore to see him.
He desired me further, to again thank you for the promptness, zeal, and efficiency which you exhibited, (and through you to thank also your officers and men on the same behalf,) in repairing to the vicinity of Harper's Ferry, to protect it from the violence of the late insurgents and afterwards from the threatened attempts at a rescue of the prisoners.
We will be obliged to you if you will at once write us, giving the amount which we are to refund as above, and also send us bills of all expenses directly incurred in your two visits to the Ferry. Please endorse these bills officially, as correct, and also endorse the two bills which I return to you herewith for that purpose. By doing this you will greatly oblige us.
Very respectfully yours,
W. P. SMITH, Master of Transportation.
Baltimore, Nov. 18, 1859.
To Conductor A. P. Shutt,
As the excitement around Harper's Ferry is again high, and incendiarism so common in the vicinity, the President deems it prudent that we should renew your command there on behalf of the company at once. Come down on mail to night, changing place with conductor of Mail train, and we will send conductor to take train from you at Duffield's to-morrow.
W. P. SMITH.
Baltimore, Nov. 19th, 1859.
To A. P. Shutt,
Express East, Piedmont to Cumberland :
I went to Duffield's to meet you to-day, not knowing my message had failed to get to you in time. Mr. McMurphy remains
B. H. Richardson, Annapolis
Western Maryland Room, WCFL
22 x 14 cms
Maryland. General Assembly. Senate, 1860.
Harpers Ferry (W. Va.), History; John Brown's Raid, 1859.
Harpers Ferry (WV), Washington County (Md.), 1859