overcome in completing his cabinet, he devoted himself to writing his inaugural address.
Withdrawing himself some hours each day from his ordinary receptions, he went to a quiet room on the second floor of the store occupied by his brother-in-law, on the south side of the public square in Springfield
, where he could think and write in undisturbed privacy.
When, after abundant reflection and revision, he had finished the document, he placed it in the hands of Mr. William H. Bailhache
, one of the editors of the “Illinois State Journal,” who locked himself and a single compositor into the composing-room of the “Journal.”
Here, in Mr. Bailhache
's presence, it was set up, proof taken and read, and a dozen copies printed; after which the types were again immediately distributed.
The alert newspaper correspondents in Springfield
, who saw Mr. Lincoln
every day as usual, did not obtain the slightest hint of what was going on.
Having completed his arrangements, Mr. Lincoln
started on his journey to Washington
on February I, 1861, on a special train, accompanied by Mrs. Lincoln
and their three children, his two private secretaries
, and a suite of about a dozen personal friends.
had suggested that in view of the feverish condition of public affairs, he should come a week earlier; but Mr. Lincoln
allowed himself only time enough comfortably to fill the appointments he had made to visit the capitals and principal cities of the States on his route, in accordance with non-partizan invitations from their legislatures and mayors, which he had accepted.
Standing on the front platform of the car, as the conductor was about to pull the bell-rope, Mr. Lincoln
made the following brief and pathetic address of farewell to his friends and neighbors of Springfield-the last time his voice was ever to be heard in the city which had been his home for so many years: