popular ideal of a President.
“But it is in keeping with my philosophy,” was his quick retort.
Our conversation was frequently broken in upon by the interruptions of passers-by, who, each in succession, seemed desirous of claiming his attention.
At length he broke away from them all. Grasping my hand warmly and with a fervent “Good-bye,” he disappeared down the street, and never came back to the office again.
On the morning following this last interview, the 11th day of February, the Presidential party repaired to the railway station, where the train which was to convey them to Washington
awaited the ceremony of departure.
The intention was to stop at many of the principal cities along the route, and plenty of time had been alloted for the purpose.
had told me that a man named Wood
had been recommended to him by Mr. Seward
, and he had been placed in charge of the party as a sort of general manager.
The party, besides the President
, his wife, and three sons, Robert, William, and Thomas
, consisted of his brother-in-law, Dr. W. S. Wallace
, David Davis
, Norman B. Judd
, Elmer E. Ellsworth
, Ward H. Lamon
, and the President
's two secretaries, John G. Nicolay
and John Hay
. Colonel E. V. Sumner
and other army gentlemen were also in the car, and some friends of Mr. Lincoln
--among them 0. H. Browning
, Governor Yates
, and ex-Governor Moore
--started with the party from Springfield
, but dropped out at points along the way. The day was a stormy one, with dense clouds hanging heavily overhead.
A goodly throng of Springfield