(Image: Abraham Lincoln and son Tad at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, February 22, 1861)
General Winfield Scott, a.k.a. “Old Fuss and Feathers”, received a letter warning him about “the magnitude of the danger, and the extent of the preparations to prevent Mr. Lincoln’s inauguration. A secret society exists through all the southern States, bound together by solemn obligations to prevent it at all hazards, even to the extent of causing his assassination before taking the oath of office…” Members of the un-named secret society included “men high in public life; some holding office at this time under the general government.” 
There were Freemasons galore haunting the corridors of power during the James Buchanan administration. When James Buchanan had been ambassador to Britain, a sing-along party had been held. There, in London, joining in to sing “La Marseillaise”, had been Giuseppe Mazzini, Louis Kossuth, Felice Orsini, and George Sanders. This George Sanders later popped up all over the place: stalking Abe Lincoln in Cincinnati coincident to a time bomb being found on the Lincoln Train of Death; in Philadelphia, where his name was registered at the Continental Hotel along with that of Mr. Lincoln; in Canada, in 1864, meeting with John Wilkes Booth. As for Giuseppe Mazzini, in 1859 Albert Pike had opened a Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) “Castle” in New Orleans, through which Giuseppe Mazzini’s “Mafia” first entered the United States. 
A secret society would stop at nothing to prevent the 1861 inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, warned the anonymous letter writer. What else could it have been except the Knights of the Golden Circle? A pamphlet written in 1862 claimed the KGC “was instituted by John C. Calhoun, William L. Porcher, and others as far back as 1835, [and] had for its sole object the dissolution of the Union, and the establishment of a Southern Empire…”  The center point for this “Golden Circle” was to be Havana, Cuba, and it would embrace Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the southern United States.
On February 21, 1861 Allan Pinkerton (image above) was in Philadelphia. He was employed by Samuel Felton of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad. Only the previous month, Felton had been visited by Dorothea Dix, a philanthropist of the time. She warned Felton “that there was then an extensive and organized conspiracy through the South to seize upon Washington, with its archives and records… Mr. Lincoln’s inauguration was thus to be prevented, or his life was to fall a sacrifice.” 
There were at least two Union intelligence groups sniffing around the edges of the Baltimore Plot: Allan Pinkerton and his group, and the separate John Kennedy group of New York City detectives. But neither group shared its information with the other. Each group guarded its own “silo of intelligence.” 
Like inevitable destiny, the Train of Death rolled on. The tracks had long since been laid, and the course cannot be changed. The “Lincoln Special” departed New York City, destination Philadelphia. By this time, the Vice President-elect, Hannibal Hamlin, had separated himself from the Lincoln entourage. Was this development in the newspapers? No, it was not. Edward S. Sanford, president of the American Telegraph Company, was contacted: Suppress the news of Hamlin taking a different train to Baltimore! Prevent the Associated Press wires from receiving this information! 
On February 21, 1861, at 4 pm, Abraham Lincoln arrived in Philadelphia. For the past few days, swarms of “fire eaters” had been arriving and checking in to various hotels. Unemployment in Philadelphia was estimated at 30 percent. Would Philadelphia, close to the Mason-Dixon line, offer the Lincolns a hostile reception and even a prelude to Baltimore? Such was not to be. Instead, the City of Brotherly Love lived up to its name and a big party was thrown for Abe and Mary Lincoln. Bands played. Fireworks exploded. A special display blazed out the words, “Welcome Abraham Lincoln. The Whole Union.” 
At 10:15 that night, at the Continental Hotel, Allan Pinkerton at last was able to meet privately with Abraham Lincoln. The small group included also Norman Judd, Henry Sanford, and possibly John Nicolay, Lincoln’s secretary. 
(The above first appeared at my Melchizedek Communique web site on May 22, 2011.)
——- Notes ——-
 Kline, Michael J. The Baltimore Plot. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, LLC, 2008
 Redman, Brian. What Would Millard Do?. 2009. Published by Lulu.com. Also available as a Kindle e-book.
 “K.G.C. An authentic exposition…” (1862) Available as a reprint from the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan.