New York Tribune, 4/7/1865, p. 1, c. 1
THE VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT.
From Our Special Correspondent.
RICHMOND, Va., April 4, 1865.
To-day, at about noon, Mr. Lincoln came up from City Point, taking the boat to Varina, and there taking horses to this city. Along with him came Admiral Porter, with a few other persons. The party entered the capital with feelings that can better be imagined than described. It is not known whether the occasion reminded Mr. Lincoln "of a little story," but it is to be presumed that it did.
This coming of the President seems to point to peace. It is said that he intends to issue a proclamation to the people of the South, calling upon them to return to their allegiance. By this act the President will ignore the existence of the Rebel Government, and appeal to the common sense of the people, who, worn out by a long and bloody war, will no doubt set their rulers aside, and make peace on any terms.
It is estimated there are 20,000 Union people in the city, who will gladly return to the starry folds of their proper flag. It was only by force of arms that they bowed to the acts of the Rebel Government. To this class will be added the half-way men, who now will of course by good Union citizens.