Lincoln-Douglas Meeting

Wednesday, February 27, 1861

President-elect Lincoln meets with his long-time Democratic opponent in Illinois, Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who argues strenuously for compromise with the South. In the afternoon, he meets with Supreme Court. Late at night, he is again pressured to accept compromise – this time by Border State representatives.

Mayor, James G. Berret and Washington’s alderman welcome President-elect Lincoln to the city. The mayor said to Mr. Lincoln: “As the President elect, under the Constitution of the United States, you are soon to stand in the August presence of a great nation of freemen, and to enter upon the discharge of the duties of the highest trust known to our form of government, and under circumstances, menacing the peace and permanency of the Republic, which have no parallel in the history of our country. It is our earnest wish that you may be able, as we have no doubt that you will, to perform the duties in such a manner as shall restore power and harmony to our now distracted country, and finally bring the old ship into a harbor of safety and prosperity, thereby deservedly securing the universal plaudits of the whole world. I avail myself, sir, of this occasion to say that the citizens of Washington, true to the instincts of constitutional liberty, will ever be found faithful to all the obligations of patriotism, and as their chief magistrate, and in accordance with the honored usage. I bid you welcome to the seat of government.

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