Patronage Pressure Hits Presidential Aide

Sunday, March 24, 1861

Lincoln Aide John G. Nicolay writes his fiance from the White House: “So far the extra labor and fatigue to which I am subjected seems to have no immediate bad effects. The intense pressure does not sem to abate as yet but I think it cannot last more than two or three weeks longer. I am looking forward with a good deal of eagerness to when I shall have time to at least read and write my letters in peace and without being haunted continually by some one who ‘wants to see the President for only five minutes.’ At present this request meets me from almost every man woman and child I met — whether it be by day or night – in the house or on the street…”

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