A Harper's writer described the procession to the Capitol, where, "The Supreme Court, the Senate, House of Representatives, Foreign Ministers, and a vast crowd of privileged persons quickly filled every seat: while the people--to the number of some 25,000--were gathered in a dense mass below. President Lincoln . . . in a clear, strong voice, proceeded to read his inaugural address, which was frequently interrupted by bursts of applause." Captioning Homer's illustration "from a drawing made on the spot" gives the report added authenticity.