Famously provoked by Lincoln’s speech, John Wilkes Booth was quoted as saying “That means citizenship. Now, by God, I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever give.” And he made it so.
Only moments before the Presidential carriage left the White House on the evening of April 14th on the way to Ford’s Theater, Lincoln wrote out this pass to allow George Ashmun, a Congressman from Massachusetts and chairman of the 1860 National Republican Convention, into the White House in the morning. The prolific writer, whose works are captured in the beautiful two volume set Lincoln: Speeches and Writings: 1832-1858 and 1859-1865, laid down his pen for the last time.
Allow Mr. Ashmun and friend to come in at 9 A. M. tomorrow.