Lincoln did not want to see the play Our American Cousin. He had seen it once and it was funny enough, but not so amusing to warrant seeing it a second time. He tried to get out of attending, but Mrs. Lincoln would not permit it. She had last-minute troubles of her own. General and Mrs. Grant had relayed their regrets, saying they had to attend a function in Philadelphia. The First Lady would not have her own husband be a no-show, too, when she had promised his appearance. She insisted on his attendance. “All right,” he said, in his resigned, submissive way, when he found resistance was useless, “all right, Mother, I’ll go; but if I don’t go down to history as the martyr President I miss my guess.” He didn’t miss his guess, but his little joke became a world tragedy.
Taken from: ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln’ by James C. HumesMail this post