The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry
William A. Gorton, Martinsburg :
Citizens of Baltimore, of entire respectability, who personally know Messrs. James B. Glassford, J. W. Vansant and J. L. Collins, who were arrested on Express train at 2.50 this A. M., assure me reliably, that these gentlemen are business men on their way to Baltimore in prosecution of their legitimate affairs. They have through-tickets and intended to come directly to Baltimore. Such arrests are calculated to do great injury to our Company without benefitting our Virginia friends. I yesterday visited Harper's-Ferry and arranged fully with Mr. Hunter, regarding all precautions desired on our trains. I have communicated the arrangements to Gov. Wise, who telegraphs me his cordial approval.
You will therefore communicate this dispatch to the officer in command. I trust he will instantly order the release of these passengers, so that they may come to Baltimore on first train. Telegraph reply promptly.
(Signed.) JOHN W. GARRETT,
I have since had the pleasure of receiving the subjoined :
Richmond, November 29, 1859.
John W. Garrett
Please accept thanks with my approbation of your arrangements. I see nothing more to be done.
HENRY A. WISE.
Charlestown, November 30, 1859.
John W Garrett, Esq., President, Balt. & Ohio Railroad.
DEAR SIR:—I have received your dispatch, and am much gratified to discover that the public spirited action of your company in the present state of things has elicited so proper and cordial a response from the Executive of our State.
I have written to Martinsburg, to caution them against annoying your passengers, and we regret that any such annoyance has occurred in the case of the three gentlemen from Ohio.
The gentlemen referred to, were immediately released by a dispatch from this place.
I telegraphed you to-day, and think now every proper arrangement has been made.
Very truly, your obedient servant,
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