Invitation in Abraham Lincoln’s hand to a February 1857 party in the Lincoln family home in Springfield, Illinois. Sent to Henry and Fidelia Little, the invitation reads: “Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln will be pleased to see you Thursday evening Feb. 5 at 8 o’clock.” The envelope is addressed to “Mr. H.G. Little & Lady / Present”, indicating that they must present the invitation to be admitted.
Henry G. Little, a representative from the Illinois General Assembly, later remembered the food arrangement and a comment made to him by Lincoln, ‘”Do they give you anything to eat here?”