Robert’s Dilemma at Harvard

Sunday, December 2, 1860

At Harvard University, Lincoln’s eldest son Robert writes his mother that he had declined an invitation to a supper to celebrate the Republican election victory.

Robert Todd Lincoln

“I was sitting in my room about 6:30 when two boys came in and handed me an admission ticket, on the back of which the fellow had written asking me to come over as they were calling for me. I wrote him a note excusing myself. He must be the biggest fool in the world not to known I did not want to go over, when if I did I would be expected to make a speech! Just phancy my phelinks mounted on the rostrum holding ‘a vast sea of human faces, etc.’”

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