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President reports night fighting of Gen. Hooker to Sec. Seward, who is in Auburn, N.Y., because of illness of son. Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 1 November 1863, CW, 6:554.

In evening consults with Gen. Schenck, Cong. James A. Garfield (Ohio), and Cong. Kelley (Pa.) about orderly Maryland elections November 4, 1863. Hay, Letters and Diary; Schenck to Stanton, 1 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Prepares order concerning draft: "It is ordered that every citizen who has paid the $300 commutation shall receive the same credit therefor as if he had furnished a substitute, and is exonerated from military service for the time for which he was drafted, to wit, for three years." Order Concerning the Draft, [1 November 1863], CW, 6:553-54.

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Through Postmaster Gen. Blair, Lincoln advises Cong. Blair (Mo.) to return to army if not elected Speaker of House of Representatives. Abraham Lincoln to Montgomery Blair, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:554-55.

Interviews Cong. Kelley (Pa.) regarding speech of Postmaster Gen. Blair. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Receives David Barclay, Pennsylvania attorney with introduction from Asst. Atty. Gen. Coffey. Coffey to Lincoln, 2 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Confers with Gen. Schenck about possible violence at Maryland polls on election day, November 4, 1863. Washington Star, 3 November 1863; Hay, Letters and Diary.

Recognizes M. E. Rodriguez as consul of Mexican Republic at San Francisco. Washington Chronicle, 4 November 1863.

Judge David Wills of Gettysburg invites President to dedicate National Cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863 with "few appropriate remarks." Wills to Lincoln, 2 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Writes Gov. Bradford (Md.) that first of three propositions in Schenck's Order No. 53 is revoked because it is too liable to abuse. "He assures me it is almost certain that violence will be used at some of the voting places on election day, unless prevented by his provostguards. . . . My order . . . assures the right of voting to all loyal men; and whether a man is loyal . . . [is] fix[ed] by his own oath. . . . In this struggle for the nation's life, I can not so confidently rely on those whose elections may have depended upon disloyal votes." Abraham Lincoln to Augustus W. Bradford, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:555-56; Abraham Lincoln to Augustus W. Bradford, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:556-58.

Assures J. H. Hackett who allowed Lincoln's letter to him to be published in newspaper: "My note to you I certainly did not expect to see in print; yet I have not been much shocked by the newspaper comments upon it. Those comments constitute a fair specimen of what has occurred to me through life. I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it." Abraham Lincoln to James H. Hackett, 2 November 1863, CW, 6:558-59.

[First appearance by "the young and distinguished tragedian," John Wilkes Booth, in "Richard III" at Ford's Theatre. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 31 October 1863, 2d ed., 3:5; 2 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2, 3:2, 5.]

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President recognizes G. Papendick as consul of Hanover at Boston. Washington Chronicle, 9 November 1863.

Appoints confidential secretary of Sec. Chase, H. G. Plantz, U.S. attorney for Southern District of Florida. Washington Star, 3 November 1863.

William Evans, English liberal in America to study democratic government, visits Lincoln. John M. Forbes, Letters and Recollections of John Murray Forbes, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1899), 2:76-78.

Lincoln writes Sec. Seward in Auburn, N.Y.: "Nothing new. Despatches up to twelve last night, from Chattanooga show all quiet and doing well. How is your son?" Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 3 November 1863, CW, 6:562.

Lincoln writes to the commander of the Army of the Potomac General George Meade and requests more information concerning Private Samuel Wellers with the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Lincoln explains, "Wellers . . . writes that he is to be shot for desertion on the 6th . . . His own story is rather a bad one, and yet he tells it so frankly, that I am some what interested in him. Has he been a good soldier, except the desertion? About how old is he?" Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 3 November 1863, CW, 6:561.

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[James L. Thomas hauls 19 loads of furniture from Soldiers' Home to the Executive Mansion, where the Lincolns must now be living for the cool season. DNA—RG 217, General Accounting Office, 148-947.]

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President confers with former Cong. Benjamin F. Flanders (La.) and special agent of treasury regarding efforts to establish true state government and writes Gen. Banks of disappointment that nothing is being done. Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 5 November 1863, CW, 7:1-2.

Receives committee from African Civilization Society with petition asking for $5,000. Mitchell to Lincoln, 5 November 1863, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Address to Lincoln, 5 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Rides over to Georgetown Heights in afternoon accompanied by John Hay. Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 116.

Receives October salary warrant for $2,022.33. Pratt, Personal Finances, 183.

John Nicolay returns from Rocky Mountains, entirely restored to health. Washington Star, 5 November 1863.

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Secretary of State Seward telegraphs President from Auburn, N.Y., that he returns to duty November 7, 1863. William H. Seward to Abraham Lincoln, 6 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

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President confers with Judge Adv. Gen. Holt in morning about courtmartial cases. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Recognizes J. H. Goebler, Jr., as consul of Prussia at Boston, Carl Meising as consul of Principality of Schaumburg Lippe for U.S., and Juan Pico y Villanueva as consul of Spain at New York. Washington Chronicle, 12 November 1863.

Thurlow Weed presents to President four-point plan concerning amnesty. Thurlow W. Barnes, ed., Life of Thurlow Weed including his Autobiography and a Memoir, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1884), 2:438.

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A. Gardner photographs Lincoln. Frederick H. Meserve and Carl Sandburg, The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1944), 8 November 1863.

President is photographed with John Nicolay and John Hay. Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 117.

Replies to request of committee of merchants and citizens of New York: "I shall be happy to give the interview to the committee as you request." Abraham Lincoln to William B. Astor and Robert B. Roosevelt, 8 November 1863, CW, 7:4.

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Gen. Butler's wife calls on Mrs. Lincoln, who is absent, and receives greetings from President. Butler, Correspondence, 3:139.

Committee of merchants and citizens of New York, headed by John J. Astor, Jr., Robert B. Roosevelt, and Nathaniel Sands, presents petition to President relative to Gen. Dix running for mayor of New York City. Astor and Roosevelt to Lincoln, 7 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to John J. Astor, Jr., and Others, 8 November 1863, CW, 7:5.

Presidential party attends performance at Ford's Theatre starring John Wilkes Booth in "The Marble Heart." Hay, Letters and Diary.

Telegraphs Gen. Burnside at Knoxville: "Have seen despatch from Gen. Grant about your loss at Rogersville. Per-contra, about the same time [Gen. William W.] Averell & [Gen. Alfred N.] Duffie got considerable advantage of the enemy at and about Lewisburg, Va; and on Saturday, the 7th. Meade drove the enemy from Rappahannock-station, and Kellys-ford, capturing 8 battleflags, four guns, and over eighteen hundred prisoners, with very little loss to himself. Let me hear from you." Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:5-6.

Lincoln writes to treasury department agent Benjamin F. Flanders, of New Orleans, regarding Louisiana's re-entry into the Union. Lincoln asks Flanders to ponder General Benjamin Butler's proposition that "a vote be taken . . . whether there shall be a State convention to repeal the Ordinance of secession, and remodel the State constitution." In Lincoln's opinion, "the act of secession is legally nothing, and needs no repealing." Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin F. Flanders, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:6-7.

Proposes that Judge Logan bring Mrs. W. H. Lamon, his daughter, to ceremony at Gettysburg on 19th. Lamon will act as marshal on occasion of dedicating cemetery there. Abraham Lincoln to Stephen T. Logan, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:7.

Congratulates Gen. Meade: "I have seen your dispatches about operations on the Rappahannock on Saturday, and I wish to say, 'Well done.' " Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:7.

Telegraphs Maj. John E. Mulford at Fortress Monroe, Va. "Let Mrs. Clark go with Mrs. Todd." [Mrs. Lincoln is known to have used name "Mrs. Clark" when she wished to travel incognito.] Abraham Lincoln to John E. Mulford, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:7-8.

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President prepares order concerning export of tobacco belonging to foreign governments at peace with U.S. Order Concerning Export of Tobacco, 10 November 1863, CW, 7:8.

Writes Gen. Schofield at St. Louis for information on why he refused leave of absence to members in military service to attend legislature. Abraham Lincoln to John M. Schofield, 10 November 1863, CW, 7:8.

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Lincoln writes Secretary of War : "I personally wish Jacob R. Freese, of New-Jersey to be appointed a Colonel for a colored regiment—and this regardless of whether he can tell the exact shade of Julius Caesar's hair." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:11.

Lincoln writes to Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, who forwarded a letter from John Crisfield, of Maryland. Crisfield complained about the actions of federal troops during the recent election. Crisfield wrote, "The interference of the military has frustrated the popular will, and placed men in power, who could not have been chosen at any fair election." Lincoln seeks proof of the alleged abuse and assures Blair that he "will call . . . to account" any military personnel who "violated, or transcended his orders." John W. Crisfield to Montgomery Blair, 8 November 1863; Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, 11 November 1863, both in Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Montgomery Blair, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:9-10.

President answers telegram of John Milderborger, of Peru, Ind.: "I can-not comprehend the object of your despatch. I do not often decline seeing people who call upon me; and probably will see you if you call." Abraham Lincoln to John Milderborger, 11 November 1863, CW, 7:10.

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President attends wedding of Kate Chase, daughter of Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, and Senator William Sprague (R.I.) for a few minutes without Mrs. Lincoln. Hay, Letters and Diary; "Castine" [Noah Brooks], Washington, 14 November 1863 in Sacramento Union, 12 December 1863.

"Mr. Lincoln and most of the Cabinet were there [Chase wedding] and many General officers in uniform." Journal, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 13 November 1863; Washington Star, 13 November 1863.

Lincoln requests J. D. Defrees: "Please see this girl who works in your [Government printing] office, and find out about her brother, and come and tell me." [Her brother, impressed into Confederate service, was taken prisoner by Union forces.] Abraham Lincoln to John D. Defrees, 12 November 1863, CW, 7:12.

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President responds in brief speech to presentation of gold-mounted hickory cane by Senator John Conness (Calif.). Reply to John Conness upon Presentation of a Cane, 13 November 1863, CW, 7:13; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 13 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:4.

Meets with Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania, probably in relation to upcoming visit to Gettysburg to dedicate National Cemetery. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 13 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2.

Acknowledges message from E. H. E. Jameson, member Missouri Legislature: "Yours saying [B. G.] Brown and [John B.] Henderson are elected Senators, is received. I understand, this is one and one. If so, it is knocking heads together to some purpose." Abraham Lincoln to E. H. E. Jameson, 13 November 1863, CW, 7:13.

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Lincoln interviews Governor Andrew Curtin (Pa.) and delegation interested in appointments. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 14 November 1863, 2:5.

Senator Henry Wilson meets with President and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles in behalf of the mechanics and laborers in the Boston navy yard. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 14 November 1863, 2:5.

Withholds permission from General William S. Rosecrans to publish certain official reports of Battle of Chickamauga. Abraham Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans, 14 November 1863, CW, 7:14.

President's son, Tad, receives South American pony as gift from Col. Joseph B. Stewart whom he met while visiting New York. Washington Chronicle, 15 November 1863.

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President's bodyguard, Marshal Lamon, announces program for dedication of National Cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863. Washington Chronicle, 15 November 1863.

Lincoln, accompanied by Noah Brooks, visits Gardner's Gallery and poses for photographs. Brooks, Washington, 285.

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President interviews Gen. Richard Busteed (commission expired March 4, 1863) and nominates him to be judge in northern Alabama. Forney to Lincoln, 15 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 17 November 1863, CW, 7:15.

Receives Commandant Isola and Lt. Martinez, from Italian ships docked at New York. N.Y. Times, 18 November 1863.

Confers with Senator Lafayette S. Foster (Conn.) in afternoon. Interviews visitors from Montreal introduced by Mayor Richard Wallach (Washington). Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 16 November 1863, 2:4.

Telegraphs Gen. Burnside at Knoxville: "What is the news?" Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 16 November 1863, CW, 7:14.

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President watches parade of 2,500 from Invalid Corps pass White House. Journal, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Presents elastic penholder to Atty. Gen. Bates and receives in return quill from Rocky Mountain Bald Eagle, pre-war gift to Bates from J. E. B. Stuart. Bates to Lincoln, 17 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

At suggestion of Sec. Seward, interviews Judge Duvall of Texas. Seward to Lincoln, 17 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Attends cabinet meeting. Abraham Lincoln to Salmon P. Chase, 17 November 1863, CW, 7:15.

Discusses train schedule to Gettysburg with Sec. Stanton . Washington Star, 17 November 1863; LL, No. 1023.

Recognizes Frederick Hertel as consul of Kingdom of Hanover at Chicago. Washington Chronicle, 20 November 1863.

Issues order concerning Union Pacific Railroad fixing "so much of the Western boundary of the State of Iowa as lies between the North and South boundaries of the United States Township . . . as the point from which the line of railroad . . . shall be constructed." Order Concerning Union Pacific Railroad, 17 November 1863, CW, 7:16.

Alters original one-day schedule to Gettysburg arranged by Stanton : "I do not like this arrangement. I do not wish to so go that by the slightest accident we fail entirely, and, at the best, the whole to be a mere breathless running of the gauntlet." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, [17 November 1863], CW, 7:16.

In evening examines drawing of burial plot of National Cemetery at Gettysburg with William Saunders, designer. LL, No. 894.

Informs James Speed he has prepared about half of Gettysburg Address. John G. Nicolay, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," The Century Magazine 25:597.

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President sad and depressed because Tad is too ill to eat breakfast and Mrs. Lincoln is hysterical. Monaghan, Diplomat, 340.

Writes note that William H. Johnson, his valet, will accompany him to Gettysburg. CW, 8:526.

President and party leave Washington at 12:10 P.M. on special train of four cars furnished by B. & O. Railroad. Washington Chronicle, 19 November 1863; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 19 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2; Nicolay, Lincoln's Secretary, 175.

Party consists of John Nicolay and John Hay, Secretary of State William H. Seward and Secretary of the Interior John P. Usher, Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, several members of diplomatic corps, and foreign visitors, together with military guard from Invalid Corps and Marine band. General Schenck's staff boards additional car at Baltimore about 2 P.M. Hay, Letters and Diary; Washington Chronicle, 19 November 1863.

During ride to Gettysburg President relates number of stories and puts everyone at ease. Little girl presents flowers to President at one stop and receives kiss in return. Rice, 509-13.

Presidential party reaches Camden Station in Baltimore in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Train is transported to North Central tracks at the Bolton Station and leaves that station at 2:00 P.M. It proceeds on that line to Hanover Junction, Pa. Changes to Hanover Line for remainder of trip. Proceeds west to Hanover where "train passing east compelled the Presidential train to halt. . . . The President stepped upon the platform . . . and delivered one of the brief, quaint speeches for which he is celebrated. Said he: 'Well, you had the rebels here last summer . . . did you fight them any?' " Train is delayed 8 minutes at Hanover. DNA—WR, RG 107, Sec. of War Telegrams Received, J. W. Garrett to Stanton, W. P. Smith to Stanton, 18 November 1863; Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 November 1863; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 19 November 1863, 2d ed., 2:2.

Special train arrives about 5 P.M. in Gettysburg, where Lincoln is guest of Judge Wills. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.

After supper Lincoln receives telegram from Sec. Stanton : "By inquiry Mrs. Lincoln informed me that your son is better this evening." LL, No. 1023.

At 10 P.M. 5th New York Artillery band serenades President at Wills house. After repeated calls Lincoln addresses crowd briefly. Remarks to Citizens of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 18 November 1863, CW, 7:16-17.

Singers from Washington and choir from Baltimore also serenade President. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.

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According to Nicolay's account, after breakfast at Wills house, Lincoln retires to his room, where Nicolay joins him, and completes preparation of his speech. John G. Nicolay, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," The Century Magazine 25:598.

About 10 A.M. President, dressed in black, wearing white gauntlets and usual crepe around hat in memory of Willie, leaves Wills house to join procession. Receives round after round of "three hearty cheers," and shakes many hands as crowd gathers. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.

Thousands welcome President in Gettysburg. Weather fine. Flags in Washington at half-mast in honor of dead in cemetery at Gettysburg. Washington Star, 19 November 1863.

Gov. Curtin (Pa.), who arrived last evening with numerous important people on special train from Harrisburg, Pa., remarks to Lincoln about serenade given Gov. Seymour (N.Y.), and Lincoln replies: "He deserves it. No man has shown greater interest and promptness in his cooperation with us." Rice, 514.

President mounts "a magnificent chestnut charger." Monaghan, Diplomat, 341.

Rides in procession to cemetery. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Procession delayed; starts to move about 11 A.M. LL, No. 1425.

Head of procession arrives at speaker's platform inside cemetery at 11:15 A.M. President receives military salute. President and members of cabinet, with group of military and civic dignitaries, occupy platform. "The President was received with marked respect and a perfect silence due to the solemnity of the occasion, every man among the immense gathering uncovering at his appearance." Washington Chronicle, 20 November 1863.

Lincoln shakes hands with Gov. Tod (Ohio), who introduces Gov.-elect John Brough (Ohio), and takes his place between chairs reserved for Sec. Seward and Edward Everett, orator to make principal address. At 11:40 A.M. Everett arrives, is introduced to President, and program music begins. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.

Once during Everett's two-hour oration Lincoln stirs in his chair. "He took out his steel-bowed spectacles, put them on his nose, took two pages of manuscript from his pocket, looked them over and put them back." Monaghan, Diplomat, 341.

About 2 P.M. Lincoln "in a fine, free way, with more grace than is his wont" delivers Gettysburg Address. He holds manuscript but does not appear to read from it. John G. Nicolay, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," The Century Magazine 25:602; Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 121; Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, 19 November 1863, CW, 7:22-23.

Pronounces his "r" plainly, does not speak like Southerner. Henry B. Rankin, Intimate Character Sketches of Abraham Lincoln (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1924), 285.

On platform, after speech, President remarks to Marshal Lamon: "Lamon, that speech won't scour! It is a flat failure and the people are disappointed." Lamon, Recollections, 173.

John R. Young, recording speech in shorthand for Philadelphia "Press," leans across aisle and asks President if that is all. Lincoln replies, "Yes, for the present." John R. Young, Men and Memories: Personal Reminiscences, 2 vols., edited by May D. Russell Young (New York: F. T. Neely, 1901), 1:69.

President decides to hear address by Lt. Gov.-elect Charles Anderson (Pa.) at 4:30 P.M. in Presbyterian Church. Meets "old John Burns, the soldier of 1812, and the only man in Gettysburg who volunteered to defend it." Burns accompanies him and Sec. Seward to hear Anderson speak. President's special train leaves Gettysburg about 7 P.M. and arrives in Washington at 1:10 A.M. on Friday. Washington Chronicle, 21 November 1863.

Lincoln returns from Gettysburg with a mild form of smallpox (varioloid) and remains under half quarantine in White House for nearly three weeks. Bates, Diary, 30 November 1863; Welles, Diary, Dec.

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Sec. Usher informs President that grading of first 40 miles of Union Pacific Railroad was completed November 18, 1863. Hallett to Usher, 19 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews Mrs. Anna S. King regarding husband, sentenced to be shot. Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:25; Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:25.

Exchanges letters with Edward Everett who writes: "I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes." Lincoln writes: "I am pleased to know that, in your judgment, the little I did say [Gettysburg] was not entirely a failure." Abraham Lincoln to Edward Everett, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:24-25.

Orders trial of Capt. Charles C. Moore before military commission for interference at polls in Maryland. Abraham Lincoln to Robert C. Schenck, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:26-27.

Reads to John Hay letter of Sen. Chandler (Mich.) relative to attitude of War Democrats toward Thurlow Weed, Sec. Seward, and Postmaster Gen. Blair. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Replies to Chandler's letter: "I hope to 'stand firm' enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause." Abraham Lincoln to Zachariah Chandler, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:23-24.

Requests Sec. Stanton : "Please see and hear the Attorney General, and oblige him in what he will ask in regard to a niece of his who is in distress." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:27.

In evening Cong. Colfax (Ind.) visits Lincoln. Hay, Letters and Diary.

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Lincoln, ill with mild case of smallpox, quips: "Now I have something I can give everybody." Monaghan, Diplomat, 344.

"Old Abe has a well developed case of varioloid. I was with him an hour and a half the other day and we went over many things." Gaillard Hunt, Israel, Elihu, and Cadwallader Washburn: A Chapter in American Biography (New York: Macmillan, 1925), 230.

Converses in evening for more than hour with Cong. Colfax (Ind.) about Postmaster Gen. Blair and presidential candidates. Hay, Letters and Diary.

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Lincoln receives N. B. Judd, minister to Prussia, who expresses desire to return to private life. Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 134.

In evening Sec. Seward reads to President dispatch from Gen. Cassius M. Clay (resigned), minister to Russia, on American politics, European diplomacy, and naval improvements of century. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Lincoln suggests to Sec. Stanton that some attention be given to case of J. H. Sothoron's family. [See October 23, 1863.] Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 22 November 1863, CW, 7:28.

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President, somewhat despondent over progress of Gen. Grant, takes "heart again" from success of Gen. Thomas in Tennessee. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Accepts resignation of Gen. Schenck, to take effect December 20, 1863. Washington Star, 23 November 1863.

Transmits to Sec. Seward contents of two dispatches, to effect that Gen. Burnside thinks he can hold Knoxville. Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 23 November 1863, CW, 7:29.

Tad Lincoln still "quite seriously indisposed" with scarlatina, which he has had for a week. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 23 November 1863, 2:5.

[The Battles of Lookout Mountain (November 24, 1863) and Missionary Ridge (November 25, 1863) assure success of Grant's Chattanooga campaign.]

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Sec. Seward confers with President relative to warning Spain not to interfere in Santo Domingo. Monaghan, Diplomat, 344-45.

President is relieved by evening report from Gen. Foster at Cincinnati on fighting at Knoxville. Hay, Letters and Diary; Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 24 November 1863, CW, 7:30.

Philadelphia "News" nominates Lincoln for President in 1864. Washington Star, 24 November 1863.

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President signs authorization: "During the temporary absence of the Secretary of War his duties will be performed by Assistant Secretary P H Watson." Authorization for Peter H. Watson, 25 November 1863, CW, 7:30.

Telegraphs Gen. Grant: "Your despatches as to fighting on Monday & Tuesday [Orchard Knob and Lookout Mountain] are here. Well done. Many thanks to all. Remember Burnside." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 25 November 1863, CW, 7:30-31.

Lincoln expects war news in evening but retires to bed early feeling unwell. Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 128.

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President confined to sick room. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Gen. Meagher presents Pvt. Miles O'Reilly [pen-name of Charles G. Halpine] to President. N.Y. Herald, 27 November 1863.

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President is prohibited by physician from receiving visitors or interviewing members of cabinet. N.Y. Herald, 29 November 1863.

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"The President is reported to be much better this morning." Washington Star, 28 November 1863.

Receives report on conditions at Libby Prison, Richmond, prepared by surgeons recently released. Washington Chronicle, 30 November 1863.

"The President's youngest son, who has been sick for some time past with scarlatina, was much better yesterday." Washington Chronicle, 28 November 1863.

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"President Lincoln is much better to-day, and will be able to resume his office duties to-morrow or next day." N.Y. Herald, 30 November 1863.

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"President has been sick ever since Thursday [November 26]." Bates, Diary.

Lincoln still confined to bed but resumes work on message to Congress. Chicago Tribune, 1 December 1863.