AD, NDry. Concerning this speech and Lincoln's response to a serenade on November 8 (supra), John Hay's Diary records under date of November 11: ``The speeches of the President at the two last serenades are very highly spoken of. The first I wrote after the fact to prevent the `loyal Pennsylvanians' getting a swing at it themselves. The second one, last night, the President himselfPage 102
wrote late in the evening and read it from the window. `Not very graceful,' he said, `but I am growing old enough not to care much for the manner of doing things.'''