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Wednesday, February 13, 1861.+-

Cincinnati, OH and Columbus, OH.

Lincoln and party, under escort of committee from Ohio Legislature, leave Burnet House at 8:30 A.M. in eight carriages for depot of Little Miami Railroad and leave city at 9 A.M. Lincoln makes short speeches at Ohio towns of Milford, Loveland, Miamiville, Morrow, Corwin, Xenia, and London. Remarks at London, Ohio, 13 February 1861, CW, 4:203-4; William E. Baringer, A House Dividing: Lincoln as President Elect (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1945), 274; Columbus Capital City Fact, 13 February 1861.

Arrives in Columbus at 2 P.M. Receives national salute; gets enthusiastic welcome from crowd of 60,000. Villard, Eve of '61, 80; Baltimore Sun, 14 February 1861; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 14 February 1861, 2:4.

At Capitol Lt. Gov. Robert C. Kirk (Ohio) introduces him before joint meeting of legislature. Baltimore Sun, 14 February 1861.

In Columbus, Lincoln speaks to Ohio's General Assembly. He acknowledges that he has revealed little about "the policy of the new administration." Lincoln explains, "In the varying and repeatedly shifting scenes of the present, and without a precedent which could enable me to judge by the past, it has seemed fitting that before speaking upon the difficulties of the country, I should have gained a view of the whole field . . . being at liberty to modify and change the course of policy, as future events may make a change necessary." New York Herald, 14 February 1861, 5:1-2; Address to the Ohio Legislature, Columbus, Ohio, 13 February 1861, CW, 4:204-5.

Speaks to public from steps of Capitol immediately following visit to legislature: "The manifestations of good-will towards the government, and affection for the Union which you may exhibit are of immense value to you and your posterity forever." Speech from the Steps of the Capitol at Columbus, Ohio, 13 February 1861, CW, 4:205-6.

At 4:30 P.M. receives telegram from Washington, informing him that he is duly elected President of the United States. Attends levee in full evening dress for members of legislature, army and militia officers, Lincoln party, and special guests at residence of Gov. William Dennison (Ohio). Baltimore Sun, 15 February 1861.

Returns to Capitol after supper and again receives public. Later accompanies Governor to Deshler Hall, where guards are giving military ball in his honor. Leads grand promenade with captain's wife. Columbus Capital City Fact, 14 February 1861.

Lincoln family spends night as guests at governor's home. N.Y. Tribune, 14 February 1861.

[Irwin withdraws $16.23 from Springfield Marine Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 176.]