Abraham Lincoln had left Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861 for his eleven-day journey to Washington DC. He reached Cleveland and spent the night and then left for Buffalo, New York. On the way, he stopped at Westfield, New York where he met Grace Bedell, the eleven-year old who three months before had famously advised him to grow a beard. He arrived in Buffalo at 4:30 that afternoon and was met at the railway station by former president Millard Fillmore. He spent the night and the next day at the American Hotel in the city. (By John Osborne)
Harold Holzer, Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008), 334-336.