The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry
Philadelphia, Dec. 1st, 1859.
W. P. Smith, Esq.
I cut the enclosed slip from the editorial of this afternoon's "Bulletin:"
“TRICKS UPON TRAVELERS.—The Baltimore and Ohio Rail-road Company will have no reason to thank the army of Gov. Wise for the manner in which he treats their trains and passengers. In the severest days of the Austrian police system there were no such high-handed proceedings towards travelers. Every train, it appears, is stopped at Harper's Ferry, and armed men pass through every car, hunting for spies, insurgents and sympathizers with Brown. In one case, three Cincinnati merchants, on their way to Baltimore, were actually taken out of the cars and imprisoned, because they spoke kindly of the poor creature who is to be hung to-morrow. This is the Virginia idea of freedom. Travelers will please take notice."
Everybody appears desirous of making the most out of "Old John Brown," and if it is true that several Cincinnati merchants have been taken out of your cars at Harper's Ferry, the “Bulletin" thinks it should be used as a spoke to strengthen the wheels of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
We presume your Company took a personal interest at once, in protecting the Cincinnati sufferers.
I send you the enclosed as an “on dit"
Baltimore, Dec. 2, 1859.
I am going to Philadelphia at ten to-morrow, to return on Sunday. Confer fully with Mr. England and Mr. Shutt, as to movements requisite for proper return of troops. We must close this campaign as we begun it, without accidents or delays. We send an extra to Washington on Sunday morning for travel from West by Express, and it may be useful also in taking troops, if so required.
Don't let Mail East be kept out of making connections to-morrow —run an extra from Ferry on Mail time if necessary.
W. P. SMITH.
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