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Wednesday, February 6, 1861.+-

Springfield, IL

Lincoln accepts invitation of New Jersey Legislature to visit state capital on journey to Washington. Abraham Lincoln to Charles S. Olden, 6 February 1861, CW, 4:186.

Accepts invitation of citizens of Albany, N.Y., to visit their city en route to inauguration. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 6 February 1861, 2:4.

Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln (assisted by four of her sisters) hold farewell reception at home. Helm, Mary, 155-56.

Prior to their departure for Washington, D. C., Lincoln and his wife Mary host a farewell "reception" at their home. A newspaper reports, "The levee lasted from seven to twelve o'clock in the evening, and the house thronged by thousands up to a late hour. Mr. Lincoln received the guests as they entered and were made known. They then passed on, and were introduced to Mrs. Lincoln, who stood near the center of the parlors, and who . . . acquitted herself most gracefully and admirably." Another reporter writes, "Behind [Lincoln] on the sofa were his two little boys, about eight and four years of age respectively, the youngest of whom was as noisy as a cub wolf. After a considerable time, the noise of the little urchin attracted the father's attention. Thereupon, turning about, and stooping down . . . he had some of the pleasantest words for the little fellow, that can be imagined. Thereafter there was no noise while I remained. Mrs. Lincoln, who is a squatty, pleasant little woman, receives her visitors with an easy gracefulness that makes all feel comfortable." Sun (Baltimore, MD), 8 February 1861, 2:3; Illinois Daily State Journal (Springfield), 9 February 1861, 2:3; Henry County Chronicle (Cambridge, IL), 26 February 1861, 2:3-5.

"Reception announced for 7:00 to 12:00. Thousands came and it lasted longer." Henry B. Rankin, Intimate Character Sketches of Abraham Lincoln (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1924), 255-56.

Lincoln deposits $642.91 in Springfield Marine Bank and withdraws $392.12. Pratt, Personal Finances, 164, 175.

Writes check for 50ยข in payment of taxes on Lincoln, Ill. lot. CW, 8:466.