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Tuesday, February 19, 1861.+-

Albany, NY and New York, NY.

Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln leave Albany at 7:45 A.M. grateful for safe deliverance and resolved never to return. Rivalry between governor and members of legislature for honor of entertaining Lincoln has hampered visit. Villard, Eve of '61, 95-96.

Mayor, civil dignitaries, and Corps of Burgesses escort the Lincolns to depot. N.Y. Times, 20 February 1861.

Lincoln agrees to preinauguration housing arrangement in Washington: "I suppose I am now public property; and a public inn is the place where people can have access to me." Lamon, Recollections, 34-35.

At Troy, N.Y., replies from platform alongside train to welcome by 10,000 people and spokesman, Mayor Isaac McConihe. Remarks at Troy, New York, 19 February 1861, CW, 4:227; Henry J. Raymond, The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln . . . Together with his State Papers, including his Speeches, Addresses, Messages, Letters, and Proclamations and the Closing Scenes Connected with his Life and Death (New York: Derby & Miller, 1865), 145.

Speaks a New York towns of Rhinebeck, Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Peekskill [which boasts of the oldest Lincoln Society in America]. Arriving 30th Street Station in New York 3 P.M. has hair smoothed and receives kiss from Mrs. Lincoln before leaving car. N.Y. Times, 20 February 1861; Monaghan, Diplomat, 30.

Presidential party occupies 11 carriages in procession to Astor House. Estimated 250,000 people watch; "crowd not as large as usual" on such an occasion. Lincoln rides in open carriage with Chairman Charles G. Cornell, city alderman, Col. Edwin V. Sumner, military aide in Lincoln party, and Judge David Davis, old Illinois friend and member of presidential party, and waves to crowd. No band or military company in procession. Baltimore Sun, 20 February 1861, 21 February 1861.

Acknowledges welcome of crowd at Astor House with few remarks at 4 P.M. Addresses crowd later: "I have kept silence for the reason that I supposed it was peculiarly proper that I should do so until the time came when, according to the customs of the country, I should speak officially." Dines with family. Baltimore Sun, 21 February 1861; Remarks upon Arriving at the Astor House, New York City, 19 February 1861, CW, 4:229-30; Speech at the Astor House, New York City, 19 February 1861, CW, 4:230-31.

Receives Republican electors of city headed by William Cullen Bryant, editor, New York Evening Post, about 8 P.M. at hotel, followed by Kings County, N.Y., delegation and several Republican clubs. N.Y. World, 20 February 1861.

Wives of politicians hold reception for Mrs. Lincoln. Monaghan, Diplomat, 31.

Lincoln thanks Brooklyn Common Council for invitation, but engagements will not permit visit. Promises people of Newark, N.J., that he will bow from train. Reply to the Brooklyn Common Council Committee, New York City, 19 February 1861, CW, 4:232; Abraham Lincoln to the People of Newark, New Jersey, 19 February 1861, CW, 4:231.