Lincoln’’s doings December 4, 1859
Sunday, December 4, was free for social contacts, and it is likely that most of the day he spent with a distant relative, Mark Delahay, who lived here, and who largely was responsible for Lincoln’s visit.
He spent part of his time at the Delahay home on the corner of Third and Kiowa. Mrs. Delahay is thought to have been a distant relative on the Hanks side, although the story is denied by some investigators.
One day there were invited half a dozen gentlemen to dinner to meet him. Among them were Judge Pettit, Marcus J. Parrott, S.N. Latta, Gen. J. H. Lane and others I do not recall. In keeping with those early days, the maid of all work took care of the baby in the kitchen, while I assisted my mother in the dining-room. I remember an incident during the meal while conversation waxed warm on the subject of politics. My father rose to carve, as was his habit, and pausing, knife in hand, remarked, “Gentlemen, I tell you Mr. Lincoln will be our next President.” Mr. Lincoln replied, “Oh, Delahay, hush.” My father retorted, “I feel it, and I mean it.” After this prediction was verified, in Kansas it was spoken of as Delahay’s prophecy.