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A Visit To The President

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Day
6
Month
February
Year
1863
Copyright
Public Domain
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A Monroe couuty :nan tolls, in the Rocliester American of his visit to tho Pres-ident, and of Mr. Lincolu's conversation and jokes : It waa anuouticed " by authority :' in the Intclligencer tliat " the President and Mrs. Lincoln would reoeive visitors on Saturdays from oue o'clock to three, eommenoing January lOth," and at the hour first named wo were again at the door of the Executive Mansiou. Obsequious attendantsin shiniug boots and immaeulate white kids usherod us through the first two reception rooms and bowed us into the raiddle room in the south side of the mansión, where, surroundod by a crowd waiting to bo presented, stood the President and Mrs. Lincoln. Dressed in a plain suit of black, looking weary, anxious; and careworn, the President saluted, in a friendly, cordial manoer, those who, without formality, were introduccd by a gentleman at his side, and iudulged in familiar conversation with those whom he recognized aa acquaintances or old friends. His persoual appearance has been so often described that I need not repeat it here, but I will add my humble testimony to what has been remotely hiuted at bofore, and say that our President has but little capital invested in beauty, but a great deal securely invested in quite the reverse. At his right, dressed in blaek velvet, without ornaments of any kind, save two dark, plaiu jewels in her head-dress, chatty, affable, and solf-possessed, Mrs. Lincoln received her frieüds, who, despite the gloomy, uupleasant day and drizzling rain, were present in crowds to greot her at this, her first public reception since - the death of Willie. A gentlemaD, after beiug introduced to her, said : " I came to Washington to see my son, who was wounded at Fwderieksburg." " I hope, sir, he is uot seriously wouuded," she replied, sympathizingly " Indeed, madam, he is," showing her his ambrotype. "A noble looking fellow," said she; " it is indeed time that this war should cease, it causes so much suffering and we are losing so niauy noble young mon." " How are tjou, Mr. - - f said the President, adopting the accent and inflection now io vogue hero. I saw yuur card but did uot see you. 1 was glad, however, that you carded me, and I was reininded of an anecdote of Mr. Whittlesey. When Mr. Cox, then a young man, first came here, Mr. W. said to him : ' Sir, have you carded the Senators ?' ' No, sir ; I thought I would curry favor first, and then oomb them.' ' It is uo joking matter, sir,' said Mr. "W., seriously. ' It is your duty to card the Senators, sir ; and it is customary, I bolieve, to card the Cabinet, also, and you ought to do it, sir. But,' he added, after a moment's thought, 'I think I ain wrong; tho Cabinet may card you.' " Followed by three or four friends, a dapper little man elbowed his way through the crowd, and striking an attitude, said : " Mr. Presideut, this is Mr. , a good black republican from Western New York ; and this is Mr. ," iutroduciug each of his followers in turn, " all of them I will guarantee good black republieans." He had evidently loaded for a bear, and in his niind had done "a big thing;" but the President dida't seo it, and with imperturbable coolness to each, he said : " How are you, sir ?" and turued to greet thoeo who eame as eitizens, and not as black republicaus, to pay their respects to him. He was uot far enough removed from Fredcricksburg, billowod with graves and reeking and orimson yet with the blood of those who yielded up their lives for no party or sect, but for their country, to sce the point of 'the joke. " This raiu wiil oiake our stroets muddy," said a practical man to Mr. Liucoln. "Yus," hè replied; "I used to thii that llliuois mud beat all creation, but Washington pud beats it. Why, only last Maroh, with a fríend, I went in my carriage, to cali oa Miss Poineroy, at the Coluinbia Hospital, whom we thiuk a good deal of, and actually we mired twice, and the last time so effectually, that we had to get out aud complete tho journey on foot." I believe that I am correct in saying that tho President is a litllu vain of his height. " Yes," lio said in reply to au allusion to it. " I am fall, lackinj only about one fourth of an inch of six feet four." Tho words had scarcely escaped his lips when in carne a young fellow who, like the mathematiek definition of a straight lino, was lengtli without breadth. He certainly was three inches talier tbati Mr. Lincoln, who said, "really, sir, I must look up to you, f you ever get in a deep place, you ought to be able to wado out." A 1110112 those who were introducod to the President was a soldier from Ohio, iu the war of 1812. Ho was dressed in the regimentáis of a musician of that time, aud attracted mueh attention. He soemed very auxious that the President should understand aud bolieve that a suspicious bolo or two in the back of his scarlet coat were made by moths and not by bullcts.

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