New York Tribune, 4/8/1865, p. 1
DIARY OF EVENTS TO THURSDAY.
From Our Special Correspondent.
SPOTTSWOOD HOUSE, RICHMOND,
Thursday, April 6, 1865.
Onward into Richmond, at last, and the representatives of THE TRIBUNE are at the "Spottswood."
...VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT.
President Lincoln's visit, coming so soon after the occupation, was a matter of intense interest to the entire population. Crowds – thousands – rushed out for a glimpse of his tall figure, as he walked into the city attended by a few friends and an escort of a score or two of soldier. The enthusiasm was, however, confined to the negroes, the foreigners, and exceptional Virginia-born citizens. But the joy of the negro knew no bounds. It found expression in whoops, in contortions ??? ??? and frequently in prayerful ejaculations of thanks. The President proceeded to Gen. Weitzel's headquarters, the late residence of Jeff. Davis. I do not imagine he went there for the sake of any petty triumph, but simply because it was the headquarters of the General commanding. Many officers and citizens of Richmond came to pay their respects, after which he rode about the city. He slept on board one of the gunboats, and last night returned to City Point.
JUDGE CAMPBELL AND PEACE OVERTURES.
Among the first to seek an interview with the President was Judge Campbell, one of the three commissioners whom he met at Fortress Monroe. The interview lasted half an hour, and was followed by a second of longer duration yesterday. It is known that Judge Campbell concedes the hopelessness of the Rebellion, and is only striving for terms. To what extent he is authorized to act for Davis and Lee I do not know, nor is it known what was the President's response.
...C. A. P. [Charles Anderson Page]