On his final day in Chicago, Sunday, November 25, Hamlin, Lincoln, and the president-elect’s friend and political ally Isaac N. Arnold sought divine, rather than political, guidance. Together they attended religious services at the elite St. James Episcopal Church on Cass Street,129 with the city’s leading merchants and officials occupying the surrounding pews. Afterward, Lincoln joined Mary for Sabbath dinner at their hotel, only to be interrupted by businessman John V. Farwell, with whom Lincoln had promised to visit a Sunday school in the slums north of the river. Asking only that he be excused from giving a speech there, Lincoln and Farwell headed off by carriage to the North Market Mission Sabbath School where, predictably, evangelist Dwight L. Moody called on him to speak anyway. In response, the president-elect offered a “short address to the destitute children,”130 assuring them that “with close attention to your teachers” and “hard work to put in practice what you learn from them, some of you may become President of the United States.” He exited to resounding cheers.