stood till they were seated.
The remaining space on the floor was now filled to its utmost capacity by members of the House
, just adjourned; and it was soon afterward announced that the Presidential party had entered the edifice.
On its appearance, the whole assemblage proceeded to the magnificent and spacious Eastern portico of the Capitol
, on which a platform had been erected,and in front of which a considerable space had been cleared, and was held, by the Military.
The President elect
was barely introduced to the vast concourse by Col. Edward D. Baker
, and received with cheers from perhaps a fourth of the thirty thousand persons confronting him. Silence having succeeded, Mr. Lincoln
unrolled a manuscript, and, in a firm, clear, penetrating voice, read the following