Abraham Lincoln had left Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861 for his eleven-day journey to Washington DC. Having rested and attended church in Buffalo, New York, he once again boarded the train for his eight day of travel, this time to Rochester, New York and on the Albany, that state capital, arriving at 2:20 in the afternoon. He spoke before a joint session of the Assembly at the capitol, dined privately with the governor's family, and attended an evening reception. As had become the case, there were massive crowds wherever he went. (By John Osborne)
"Reception and Speech in Albany," New York Times, February 19, 1861, p. 1.