Harper's Weekly 01/07/1865
PARDON OF MRS. HUTCHINS.
It would be a great satisfaction to know why
the President has pardoned Mrs. Hutchins, a
woman of Baltimore, who gave a sword to Har-
ry Gilmore, the leader of the raiders into Mary-
land last summer, and by reputation one of
the most active and malignant of rebel emis-
saries and abettors. Upon trial and conviction
she was sentenced a few weeks since to five
years' imprisonment, and now she is turned
loose again, nor is there any intimation that
she is to be sent beyond the lines.
A woman like this Mrs. Hutchins may, and
constantly does, give the information that Mos-
by and every guerrilla marauder most desires,
and which is of the utmost service to Davis and
Lee at Richmond. From the beginning of
the war, from Mrs. Greenhow down to Mrs.
Hutchins, women have been, because of their
sex, the most useful agents of the traitors, and
they have very seldom been punished, although
in a few instances they have been sent to the
How many a precious, noble, loyal life have
such women virtually taken! To how many
massacres have they not directly shown the way!
Of what infinite sorrow to private hearts, and
of injury to the public welfare, have they not
been the occasion!
Of course in the absence of all other knowledge
than the public announcements of Mrs. Hutch-
ins's crime, trial, sentence, imprisonment, for
five years, and release at the end of five weeks,
we have no right and no disposition to do more
than suggest that in such cases it is very easy,
and would greatly conduce to public satisfaction,
if the Government would state briefly the reasons
of the respite. It would cost no more time or
trouble than the announcement that a Colonel
is promoted to be General for heroic conduct in
a battle, and it would certainly greatly relieve
the minds and hearts of those whose sons and
brothers may have been killed in resisting Har-
ry Gilmore's raid, to know why his accomplice
is set free. The fact of the release gratifies Mrs.
Hutchins's friends. To know the reason would
satisfy the friends of her victims.