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Desk that the First Inaugural Address was written upon Desk that the First Inaugural Address was written upon

When sitting down to write the first inaugural address in January of 1861, Lincoln sought refuge from the constant deluge of office seekers and autograph hounds so that he could properly prepare for this most important speech. His brother-in-law Clark Smith was a local merchant who made available a desk and chair in a small private office where Mr. Lincoln would not be disturbed.