Response to Serenade 
Mr. Lincoln made a brief response, to the effect that he was not prepared to acknowledge the honor done him in a set speech. We had heard the right sort of speeches from Vermont and Maine lately, and previously from Mobile and Atlanta, and he was much in favor of hearing more of the same sort from the South.
He then thanked the assemblage and bade them farewell, upon which they took up the line of march for Mr. Seward's residence.
 Washington Daily National Republican, September 14, 1864. Following a Republican celebration at the Mount Vernon Hotel, where a banner forty feet long and twenty-six feet wide, bearing the names of Lincoln and Johnson, was run out from the hotel across Pennsylvania Avenue, the crowd paraded to the Executive Mansion and serenaded the president.