February 21-22, 1861
Lincoln continued his references to the founding fathers at his next stop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lincoln arrived at the Kensington Depot at about 4:00 p.m. and then went on to the Continental Hotel at the southeast corner of Ninth and Chestnut Streets. Lincoln spoke from the balcony of the hotel and then had dinner with Mary followed by a public reception at 8:30 p.m. Near the end of the reception, Lincoln had a meeting with his old Illinois colleague Norman B. Judd, and Frederick W. Seward, son of Lincoln's future Secretary of State William Seward. Judd called the meeting so that Frederick Seward could pass along a letter from his father regarding the discovery of an assassination plot against Lincoln planned for Baltimore. The plot was also uncovered by railroad detective Allan Pinkerton. Lincoln thanked Seward for bringing the information and promised to consider the advice given to change his travel plans, but only after meeting his promised obligations in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
The following morning, February 22, Lincoln had an early appointment at Independence Hall, arriving there by carriage at about 6:30 a.m. Inside, inspired by the place and no doubt with the news of the previous night in his mind, Lincoln again spoke about the importance of the nation's founders.