FEBRUARY 15, 1861

President-elect Lincoln addressed the people of Pittsburgh from the balcony of his hotel, reiterating the sentiment of the speech given in Columbus: “there is no crisis, excepting such a one as may be gotten up at anytime by turbulent men, aided by designing politicians.” After his speech, Lincoln’s procession to the train depot passed through crowds that were “almost impenetrable,” which displayed enthusiasm that “exceeded anything ever before witnessed.” Lincoln arrived late that afternoon in Cleveland in the midst of a rain and snowstorm. Again he was greeted by large crowds, though a writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer wondered if the displays of support were thinly veiled requests for political appointments