Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Lincoln’s dressmaker, was reimbursed the present-day equivalent of $5,142.86 for attending Mrs. Lincoln in the six weeks after the president died.

Bills submitted by Mrs. Keckley and paid by the Commissioner of Public Buildings included $210 for six weeks work as attendant and nurse to Mrs. Lincoln, calculated at $35 a week; $100 for travel and incidental expenses when the women travelled to Chicago and back, and $50 for Mrs. Keckley’s mourning apparel.