From the Richmond Whig, Wednesday, 1/7/1863, p. 1, c. 6

THE PRESIDENT SERENADED. – At a late hour on Monday night a throng of citizens, desirous of extending to the President and appropriate “welcome home,” repaired to his residence, attended by the City Battalion Band, and gave him a serenade. After the second piece had been performed, the President appeared at the front entrance, and was introduced by a gentleman, who said – “Fellow-Citizens, allow me to present to you the President of the United States!” but immediately correcting himself, exclaimed – “Confederate States.” The President came forward and said the latter was a title which he responded to with pride, but the former he would spurn to own. He then thanked the citizens for this manifestation of their regard, and proceeded to speak briefly of the principles which animated our forefathers in the war of the revolution – principles left by them as a common heritage, the perpetuation of which was now entrusted to the people of the South. He was full of hope for our cause, which, under the recent victories both East and West, was now surrounded by the brightest sunshine, whereas a year ago many could observe nothing but the darkness of despair. Everything now bids us take courage and press onward with renewed energy and determination. To the women of Virginia (some of whom were present) he paid a high compliment for their devotion to the sick and wounded soldiers from every State in the Confederacy. In a passing notice of the foe we had to contend with, the President said that if the question were now put whether we would live in communion with Yankees or hyenas, he felt convinced that the latter would be preferred. In concluding his remarks he alluded to the cares and anxieties of his position, which had deprived him of the pleasure of social intercourse with the people of Richmond, but ardently hoped they would soon have an opportunity of mingling more freely with each other, under the happy auspices of peace and independence. After invoking the blessing of Heaven upon our cause and those who maintained it, the President bade his fellow-citizens good night, and retired. He spoke with eloquence and feeling and was enthusiastically applauded.

Many persons who desired to pay their respects to the President on this occasion, were prevented by the extreme lateness of the hour; and so far as this is concerned, the serenade was very badly managed.

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