Those around Lincoln strove from beginning to end to erect barriers to
defend him against constant interruption, but the President himself was always
the first to break them down. He disliked anything that kept people from him
who wanted to see him. 'You will wear yourself out,' they pleaded with him.
Lincoln of course agreed, but, he contended, they wanted so little - how could
he refuse to see them? Thus were born what Lincoln himself was to call “Public