There, slightly pale and nervous, he was introduced to the assembled multitude by his old friend Edward D. Baker
, and in a fervid and impressive manner delivered his address.
At its conclusion the customary oath was administered by the venerable Chief Justice Taney
, and he was now clothed with all the powers and privileges of Chief Magistrate
of the nation.
He accompanied Mr. Buchanan
to the White House
and here the historic bachelor of Lancaster
bade him farewell, bespeaking for him a peaceful, prosperous, and successful administration.
One who witnessed the impressive scene left the following graphic description of the inauguration and its principle incidents: “Near noon I found myself a member of the motley crowd gathered about the side entrance to Willard's Hotel.
Soon an open barouche drove up, and the only occupant stepped out. A large, heavy, awkward-moving man, far advanced in years, short and thin gray hair, full face, plentifully seamed and wrinkled, head curiously inclined to the left shoulder, a low-crowned, broad-brimmed silk hat, an immense white cravat like a poultice, thrusting the old-fashioned standing collar up to the ears, dressed in black throughout, with swallow-tail coat not of the newest style.
It was President Buchanan
, calling to take his successor to the Capitol
In a few minutes he reappeared, with Mr. Lincoln
on his arm; the two took seats side-by-side, and the carriage rolled away, followed by a rather disorderly and certainly not very imposing procession.
I had ample time to ”