April 23, 1865: John Henry Brown’s Journal

John Henry Brown was a painter of portrait miniatures, living and working in Philadelphia. He had met Lincoln in August of 1860 when he was commissioned to paint Lincoln’s portrait for a supporter, but although Brown liked Lincoln personally, he did not agree with Republican policies.




I stood in line (Sunday afternoon) for over two hours & was then disappointed, as the line was cut off by others approaching in a different direction. Of course the grand illumination that was to have taken place in honor of our late Victories was postponed on account of the death of Mr. Lincoln.


Citation: John Henry Brown, autograph journal/account book. Philadelphia, 1844-1890. AMs 573/14.1

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