|#WhiteHouse invitation Dixon-Welling collection at CHS Ms 46829|
Some of the events she witnessed moved the dial of history. This event, White House dinner of February 1863 was not earth shattering but was noticed by the press.
Found within Elizabeth Dixon's papers is this invitation to dine with the Lincolns at the White House. See image: #WhiteHouse invitation
The invitation envelope was addressed personally by President Lincoln.
|Envelope written by Abraham Lincoln |
Dixon-Welling collection at CHS Ms 46840
The pigmy dandy Tittletat Titmouse in plain homespun language, with his ringlets always in tight curl, blue embroidered cravat, diamonds and rings, but all he could do, it would "take nine of him to make a man".
He used always to jump over the seat and I was expecting he would alight in the astral lamp over his head and if he had I don't know how we should ever have got him out, he was so small.
Details of this introduction and subsequent friendship with Tom Thumb contained in the pages of Elizabeth Dixon's Honeymoon diary are to be published sometime after 2015.
The third item, a carte de visite of Mrs. Thumb and her child was given to Mrs. Dixon later. Each of these keepsakes, preserved for the last 150 years, are reminders of the past and forgotten Civil War friendships.
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