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Thursday, February 28, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Sen. Crittenden (Ky.) calls to talk compromise. Several New York delegations see Lincoln about cabinet appointments and other matters. William E. Baringer, A House Dividing: Lincoln as President Elect (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1945), 319.

Cong. Elbridge G. Spaulding (N.Y.), capitalist, gives private dinner at National Hotel in honor of Lincoln and Vice President-elect Hamlin; Gen. Scott present, also some Republican leaders depressed by prospect of losing Southern business. Evening enlivened by Lincoln remarking, apropos news item about Georgian oath to wear no clothes produced under Republican regime, that he would like to see some Georgia gentlemen clad in the costume produced in their stateā€”a shirt collar and a pair of spurs. Fletcher Pratt, History of the Civil War (New York: Pocket Books, 1956), 4-5; National Intelligencer, 2 March 1861.

Lincoln and Hamlin make speeches responding to serenade by Republican Association. Baltimore Sun, 2 March 1861; Response to a Serenade, 28 February 1861, CW, 4:247-48.

George S. Boutwell, former governor of Massachusetts, and Gen. Wool hold long interviews with Lincoln. N.Y. Times, 1 March 1861.