Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln to Adolph F. C. Mueller, [5 February 1857]1
Mr & Mrs Lincoln will be pleased to see you Thursday evening Feb.[February] 5. at 8. o,clock2

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1Abraham Lincoln wrote this undated invitation, including the address on the envelope. The date of composition is conjectured from the proposed day of Thursday, February 5, for the event in the invitation, and from Orville H. Browning’s diary entry of February 5, 1857, stating that he was a guest at a “large & pleasant party” at the Lincolns’ home in Springfield that evening.
The Lincoln Log: A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln, 5 February 1857, http://www.thelincolnlog.org/Results.aspx?type=CalendarDay&day=1857-02-05; Theodore Calvin Pease and James G. Randall, eds., The Diary of Orville Hickman Browning: Volume I, 1850-1864, vol. 20 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1925), 274.
2No response to this invitation by Adolph F. C. Mueller has been located. For an additional invitation to this party in Abraham Lincoln’s hand, see Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln to Edward R. Thayer.
Mary Lincoln described this party as a “very large” and “very handsome entertainment”. She reported that three hundred of the five hundred invited guests attended, with rain and a conflicting wedding party in Jacksonville preventing some guests from attending.
Katherine Helm, The True Story of Mary, Wife of Lincoln (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1928), 120-21.

Handwritten Note, 2 page(s), Lincoln Collection, Chicago History Museum (Chicago, IL).