Two kinds of Entertainment for Residents of Washington

January 14, 1862

As usual, there was a Tuesday evening reception at the White House. As Commissioner of Buildings Benjamin Brown French wrote: “Every Saturday from 1 to 3 P.M. & every Tuesday from ½ past 8 to ½ past 10, I am required, as an official duty, to be at the President’s to introduce visitors to Mrs. Lincoln. It is a terrible bore, but, as a duty I must do it…”

With the president’s support, there was a demonstration of Greek fire – sponsored by inventor Levi Short who was promoting its military application – in Treasury Park next door to the White House.

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