FEBRUARY 20, 1861

Lincoln attended a reception given by New York City Mayor Fernando Wood. In a pointed exchange between the two men, Lincoln acknowledged that the “reception is tendered by a people who do not by a majority agree with me in political sentiments.” In spite of the differences in political leanings, the public’s curiosity and enthusiasm remained at fever pitch, and thousands of New Yorkers turned out to see their future president. Vice President-elect Hannibal Hamlin joined Lincoln’s party. Robert, Lincoln’s eldest son, made an impression on the New York press.