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Lincoln forwards nomination of Sen. William P. Fessenden (Maine) as secretary of treasury to Senate. Confirmed instantly. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Fessenden calls on Lincoln to suggest name of Comptroller of Currency McCulloch to replace Sec. Chase. Lincoln informs Fessenden that his name has already been sent to Senate. Francis Fessenden, Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907), 1:315-18.



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President confers with Cong. Julian (Ind.) on power of Congress to confiscate landed estates of Confederates. George W. Julian, Political Recollections 1840-1872 (Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, 1884), 245.

Former Sen. Fessenden (Maine), newly nominated secretary of treasury, has long interview with President at White House. Chicago Tribune, 3 July 1864.

President interviews Gen. Meigs regarding Fort Leavenworth, Kans. Diary, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President and family begin summer residence at Soldiers' Home. Washington Chronicle, 3 July 1864.

At 10 P.M. Fessenden calls in person to deliver letter declining cabinet post; "but the President was in bed asleep." Francis Fessenden, Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907), 1:320.

President approves act granting lands to aid in construction of railroad and telegraph line from Lake Superior to Puget's Sound on Pacific coast. Stat. L., XIII, 365.

Mrs. Lincoln and Robert arrive home. Washington Chronicle, 3 July 1864.

President Lincoln writes to U.S. Supreme Court justice and friend David Davis and to federal judge Samuel H. Treat, of Springfield, Illinois, seeking each man's "summary of the evidence, with your impression, on the Coles County [Illinois] riot cases." On March 28, in Charleston, members of the 54th Illinois Infantry clashed with area Democrats and a riot ensued. Nine people died, including six soldiers and three citizens. Twelve people were wounded. Abraham Lincoln to David Davis, 2 July 1864, CW, 7:421-22; Abraham Lincoln to Samuel H. Treat, 2 July 1864, CW, 7:422-23; Robert D. Sampson, "'Pretty Damned Warm Times': The 1864 Charleston Riot and 'The Inalienable Right of Revolution'," Illinois Historical Journal 89, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 99-116.

Transmits to Senate information regarding African slave trade. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 2 July 1864, CW, 7:422.



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In morning former Sen. Fessenden (Maine) calls again to deliver letter declining cabinet post, but President persuades him to accept it. Francis Fessenden, Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907), 1:320.



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President records agreement reached with newly appointed Sec. of Treasury William P. Fessenden: "I will keep no person in office in his department, against his express will, so long as I choose to continue him; . . . In Cabinet my view is that in questions affecting the whole country there should be full and frequent consultations." Memorandum of Interview with William P. Fessenden, 4 July 1864, CW, 7:423.

Lincoln works in President's Room at Capitol in morning, signing bills and conferring with members of Congress. Hay, Letters and Diary; Randall, Lincoln, 4:191.

In conference with Sen. Chandler (Mich.), Lincoln doubts legal right of Congress to act on "Wade-Davis Bill." Chandler angrily walks out. President pockets bill. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham Lincoln: A History, 10 vols. (New York: Century, 1890), 9:120-21.

Congressional committee notifies President of adjournment unless he has further communications. Senate Journal, 752.

Cong. Arnold (Ill.) complains to President that John L. Scripps, postmaster at Chicago and candidate for Congress against him, is influencing votes of postal employees. Lincoln writes Scripps: "My wish therefore is, that you will do just as you think fit with your own suffrage in the case, and not constrain any of your subordinates to other than he thinks fit with his. This is precisely the rule I inculcated and adhered to on my part, when a certain other nomination now recently made, was being canvassed for." Abraham Lincoln to John L. Scripps, 4 July 1864, CW, 7:423-24.



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President suspends writ of habeas corpus and establishes martial law in Kentucky. Proclamation Suspending Writ of Habeas Corpus, 5 July 1864, CW, 7:425-27.

Cabinet meets. Sec. Fessenden attends for first time. President more formal than usual. Welles, Diary.

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



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President interviews J. R. Gilmore regarding another effort to negotiate peace. Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, [6 July 1864], CW, 7:429; James R. Gilmore, Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (Boston: Page, 1898), 242-47.

Gen. Hitchcock confers with Lincoln about defense of Washington against approaching forces of Gen. Jubal A. Early (CSA). Ethan A. Hitchcock, Fifty Years in Camp and Field: Diary of Major-General Ethan Allen Hitchcock, U.S.A., edited by W. A. Croffut (New York: Putnam, 1909), 463-64.



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President, in obedience to concurrent resolution of Congress, proclaims first Thursday of Aug. next as day of national humiliation and prayer. Proclamation of a Day of Prayer, 7 July 1864, CW, 7:431-32; Washington Star, 8 July 1864.

Inquires of Sec. Stanton : "Please tell me what is there of the Maryland matter?" reported as infamous designs to "gobble up" money intended for Negro volunteers. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 7 July 1864, CW, 7:432-33.

Meets with Charles Kappes of the 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regarding his absence from his regiment. Lincoln writes a letter ordering Kappes to return to his regiment "free from arrest; and on condition that he faithfully serve until honorably discharged, or during his full term of enlistment, he is pardoned for any presumed desertion heretofore committed." Pardon of Charles Kappes, 7 July 1864, box 198, Record Group 94: General Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Entry 409: Correspondence, 1800-1947, Records of Divisions of the Adjutant General's Office, Enlisted Branch, 1848-1889, Letters Received, 1862-1889, National Archives Building, Washington, DC.



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President, after failing to sign "Wade-Davis Bill," issues proclamation concerning reconstruction. Proclamation Concerning Reconstruction, 8 July 1864, CW, 7:433-34.

In evening discusses Baltimore Convention with F. B. Carpenter and John Hay. Cong. Kelley (Pa.) comes in later. Carpenter, Six Months, 162.

Reviews 35 court martial cases. CW, 8:546.



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President Lincoln writes to New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley in response to Greeley's letter indicating that the Confederate President is ready to negotiate a peace settlement. Lincoln responds, "If you can find, any person anywhere professing to have any proposition of Jefferson Davis in writing, for peace, embracing the restoration of the Union and abandonment of slavery, what ever else it embraces . . . he may come to me with you, and that if he really brings such proposition, he shall . . . have safe conduct, with the paper . . . to the point where you shall have met him." Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 9 July 1864, CW, 7:435-36.

Lincoln deposits June salary warrant for $2,022.33 in Riggs Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 183.

Telegraphs J. W. Garrett: "What have you heard about a battle at Monococy [Monocacy] to-day? We have nothing about it here except what you say." Abraham Lincoln to John W. Garrett, 9 July 1864, CW, 7:434-35.

Gen. Rosecrans telegraphed President on July 8, 1864: "A telegram from Secretary of War says you direct the release of Dr. [James A.] Barrett [one of several purported leaders of Order of American Knights]. . . . I respectfully request a revision of the order." Lincoln replies: "When did the Sec. of War telegraph you to release Dr. Barrett? If it is an old thing, let it stand till you hear further." Abraham Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans, 9 July 1864, CW, 7:436.

Reviews 31 court martial cases. CW, 8:546.



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At 9:20 A.M. Lincoln telegraphs reply to Baltimore committee: "I have not a single soldier but whom is being disposed by the Military for the best protection of all. By latest account the enemy is moving on Washington. They can not fly to either place. Let us be vigilant but keep cool. I hope neither Baltimore or Washington will be sacked." Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Swann and Others, 10 July 1864, CW, 7:437-38.

Accompanied by Asst. Adjt. Gen. James A. Hardie and mounted escort, visits forts around Washington. Washington Star, 11 July 1864.

At 10 P.M. President and family leave Soldiers' Home and return to White House, on recommendation of Sec. Stanton who believes them in danger. Randall, Lincoln, 4:199.

At 2 P.M. Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Grant on present emergency: "Gen. Halleck says we have absolutely no force here fit to go to the field. He thinks . . . we can defend Washington, and scarcely Baltimore. . . . there are about eight thousand not very reliable, under [Gen. Albion P.] Howe at Harper's Ferry, with Hunter approaching that point . . . Wallace with some odds and ends, . . . can attempt no more than to defend Baltimore. . . . Now what I think is that you should provide to retain your hold where you are certainly, and bring the rest with you personally, and make a vigorous effort to destroy the enemie's [sic] force in this vicinity." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 10 July 1864, CW, 7:437.



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At 8 A.M. Lincoln acknowledges Gen. Grant's telegram of last night as very satisfactory and reports: "Some firing between Rockville and here now" Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 11 July 1864, CW, 7:438.

About 9 A.M. rides out to front in direction of Tennallytown. Washington Star, 11 July 1864.

Accompanied by Mrs. Lincoln, visits Fort Stevens, DC. Carpenter, Six Months, 301.

Present at Fort Stevens during attack. Soldier roughly orders him off parapet. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Witnesses skirmish with Gen. Early's troops in front of Fort Stevens. Bates, Telegraph Office, 252.

At wharf to welcome reinforcements sent up Potomac by Gen. Grant. Harper, Press, 269-70.

Orders militia and volunteers of Washington into service of U.S. for period of 60 days. Washington Star, 12 July 1864.



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President telegraphs Gen. Grant: "Vague rumors have been reaching us for two or three days that Longstreet's corps is also on its way this vicinity. Look out for it's absence from your front." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 12 July 1864, CW, 7:438.

Cabinet meets. Discussion centers around Gen. Early's raid on Washington. Welles, Diary.

Each day of skirmishing President rides to suburbs and watches "the soldiers repulse the invaders." Francis F. Browne, The Everyday Life of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Thompson, 1886), 661-62.

President, Mrs. Lincoln, and several members of Congress visit Fort Stevens, DC, at 4 P.M. and watch operations from parapet. Washington Chronicle, 13 July 1864.

Asst. Sec. Seward and father, Sec. Seward, drive out to Fort Stevens with President. Frederick W. Seward, Reminiscences of a War-Time Statesman and Diplomat, 1830-1915. By Frederick W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State during the Administrations of Lincoln, Johnson, and Hayes (New York: Putnam, 1916), 248.

President tours fortifications again. Under fire again at Fort Stevens. Man shot at his side. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Gen. Wright tells Lincoln to get out of danger. Lincoln does not move. Young officer, Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., shouts: "Get down, you fool." President moves back. Monaghan, Diplomat, 378.

At night President and Mrs. Lincoln drive along line of city defenses and are greeted by soldiers. Washington Star, 13 July 1864.



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Atty. Gen. Bates calls on President and presents his views on Baltimore Convention. Bates, Diary.



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President resumes schedule for living at Soldiers' Home. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Prepares memorandum relative to cabinet: "I must myself be the judge, how long to retain in, and when to remove any of you from, his position. It would greatly pain me to discover any of you endeavoring to procure anothers removal, or, in any way to prejudice him before the public. Such endeavor would be a wrong to me; and much worse, a wrong to the country. My wish is that on this subject, no remark be made, nor question asked, by any of you, here or elsewhere, now or hereafter." [Whether or not Lincoln read memorandum to cabinet on this day, or any day, is in doubt.] Memorandum Read to Cabinet, [14? July] 186[4], CW, 7:439.

President Lincoln writes to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding a letter Stanton forwarded from U.S. Army Chief of Staff Henry W. Halleck. Halleck suggested that Lincoln remove Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, whom Halleck claimed made disparaging remarks about members of the military. Lincoln offers that Blair, whose home the Confederate troops burned, spoke "in a moment of vexation." Lincoln writes, "Whether the remarks were really made I do not know . . . If they were made I do not approve them . . . I propose continuing to be myself the judge as to when a member of the Cabinet shall be dismissed." Henry W. Halleck to Edwin M. Stanton, 13 July 1864; Edwin M. Stanton to Abraham Lincoln, 14 July 1864, both in Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 14 July 1864, CW, 7:439-40.

Presents Gen. John B. S. Todd with inscribed copy of Herman Haupt, Military Bridges, 1864. CW, 8:547.



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Gov. Peirpoint (Va.) and party make an appointment for 10:30 A.M. Peirpoint to Lincoln, 14 July 1864, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sec. Seward arranges audience for 11 A.M. with F. L. Barreda. Seward to Lincoln, 13 July 1864, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President confers with Atty. Gen. Bates, who expresses contempt for Gen. Halleck. Bates, Diary.

Cabinet meets. Discussion mainly on Gen. Early's raid. Welles, Diary.

O. H. Browning meets President between White House and War Dept. and discovers Lincoln displeased that Confederates molesting Washington escaped. Browning, Diary.

"Major John Hay, my Private Secretary, goes to New York upon public business of importance." Hay delivers President's letter to Horace Greeley relative to peace negotiations. Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:440; Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:441-42; Order for John Hay, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:442.

President acknowledges with thanks receipt of suit made to his measurements by Rockhill & Wilson and donated to Great Central Fair in Philadelphia. Abraham Lincoln to Lazarus J. Leberman, 15 July 1864, CW, 7:442.



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O. H. Browning and Lincoln discuss for hour letter of Gen. Halleck to Sec. Stanton asking that Postmaster Gen. Blair be dismissed from cabinet. Browning, Diary.

President authorizes John Hay in New York to write safe-conduct order for Confederate representatives in Canada to travel to Washington. Abraham Lincoln to John Hay, 16 July 1864, CW, 7:443.

Attends Marine band concert at White House alone. Carpenter, Six Months, 168.



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President asks Gov. Curtin (Pa.) to come to Washington relative to 2d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. Abraham Lincoln to Andrew G. Curtin, 17 July 1864, CW, 7:444.

Assures Gen. Hunter that Gen. Grant wishes him to remain in command and no one is scapegoat. Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 17 July 1864, CW, 7:445.

Telegraphs Grant hope that desperate effort to get position "shall not be desparate [sic] in the sense of great loss of life." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 17 July 1864, CW, 7:444-45.



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President issues call for 500,000 Volunteers. Proclamation Calling for 500,000 Volunteers, 18 July 1864, CW, 7:448-49.

J. R. Gilmore reports to Lincoln on interview with President Davis: South fighting for independence and not slavery; terms of peace must be based on recognition of independence. James R. Gilmore, Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (Boston: Page, 1898), 288-89.

E. J. Moore, sixth Pennsylvania district, discusses appointments with President. More to Cameron, 25 July 1864, Simon Cameron Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President converts loan certificates for $26,181.40 into U.S. stocks. Washington Chronicle, 17 October 1864.

Telegraphs Gen. Sherman who opposes sending recruiting officers into Confederate States: "We here, will do what we consistently can to save you from difficulties arising out of it. May I ask therefore that you will give your hearty cooperation?" Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 18 July 1864, CW, 7:449-50.

President states position of his government regarding peace, in document to be delivered by Horace Greeley and John Hay to persons in Canada purporting to represent Confederate States: "Any proposition which embraces the restoration of peace, the integrity of the whole Union, and the abandonment of slavery, and which comes by and with an authority that can control the armies now at war against the United States will be received and considered by the Executive government of the United States, and will be met by liberal terms on other substantial and collateral points; and the bearer, or bearers thereof shall have safe-conduct both ways." Abraham Lincoln to Whom It May Concern, 18 July 1864, CW, 7:451.



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President names three members of board of directors of Union Pacific Railroad and Telegraph Company. Appointment of Government Directors for Union Pacific Railroad, 19 July 1864, CW, 7:451-52.

Cabinet meets. Agenda includes riot in Coles County, Ill., of March 28, 1864, between soldiers on leave and "Copperheads," and controversy between Gov. Peirpoint (Va.) and Gen. Butler. Welles, Diary; Charles H. Coleman, Abraham Lincoln and Coles County, Illinois (New Brunswick, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1955), 226.

Lincoln writes statement for signatures of three citizens of Philadelphia: "We believe there are in the Philadelphia Post-Office between two hundred and fifty and three hundred employees under the Post-Master, and that no one of them openly supports the renomination of Judge Kelly [Kelley] for Congress, and that several of them say and intimate privately that it is because they are restrained by the Post-Master." Statement of Philadelphia Citizens, 19 July 1864, CW, 7:452.



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President recognizes Francis A. Hoffmann as consul for Kingdom of Hanover at Chicago. Washington Star, 29 July 1864.

Replies to Gen. Grant: "Yours of yesterday about a call for 300,000 is received. I suppose you had not seen the call for 500,000 made the day before, and which I suppose covers the case. Always glad to have your suggestions." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 20 July 1864, CW, 7:452-53.

Answers Jacob T. Wright, chairman, Republican State Union Central Committee of Indiana, who asks that Gen. Butler be given Sec. Stanton 's place: "All a mistake. Mr. Stanton has not resigned." Abraham Lincoln to Jacob T. Wright, 20 July 1864, CW, 7:454.



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Lincoln recommends former landlady: "The bearer of this is a most estimable widow lady, at whose house I boarded many years ago when a member of Congress. She now is very needy; & any employment suitable to a lady could not be bestowed on a more worthy person." [Mrs. Ann G. Sprigg received appointment in Treasury Dept.] Abraham Lincoln to William P. Fessenden, 21 July 1864, CW, 7:454.



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President reads to cabinet correspondence between himself and Horace Greeley concerning Niagara Falls peace negotiations. Welles, Diary; Bates, Diary.

President and cabinet view F. B. Carpenter's unfinished painting of Lincoln reading Emancipation Proclamation to cabinet. Carpenter, Six Months, 350.



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John W. North, associate justice of district court, Nevada Territory, asks President for a hearing before taking action on charges against him. North to Lincoln, 23 July 1864, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln telegraphs Gen. Hunter at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.: "Are you able to take care of the enemy when he turns back upon you, as he probably will on finding that Wright has left?" Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 23 July 1864, CW, 7:456.



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President writes Sec. Usher: "I know nothing personally of Mr. Rohrer, but shall be very glad if the Sec. of Interior can oblige the gentlemen who write the within letter." Abraham Lincoln to John P. Usher, 24 July 1864, CW, 7:456.



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President confers with Gen. Meigs relative to destroying fords across Potomac from Washington to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., by means of dams. Diary, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

T. Shaffer interviews President regarding difficulty of getting cotton out of Military Division of West Mississippi. Abraham Lincoln to Edward R. S. Canby, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:457.

President writes Abram Wakeman, post-master at New York, that men from South recently at Niagara Falls, N.Y., were empowered to assist in selecting candidate and platform for Chicago convention. Next presidential contest will "be no other than a contest between a Union and a Disunion candidate." Abraham Lincoln to Abram Wakeman, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:461.

Thanks Loyal Ladies of Trenton for cane made from arch erected in 1789 on spot where Cornwallis was repulsed. [Presented on June 16, 1864 at Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia.] Abraham Lincoln to the Loyal Ladies of Trenton, New Jersey, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:458.

Writes William O. Snider, probably of Philadelphia: "The cane you did me the honor to present throough [sic] Gov. Curtin was duly placed in my hand by him. Please accept my thanks; and at the same time, pardon me for not having sooner found time to tender them." Abraham Lincoln to William O. Snider, 25 July 1864, CW, 7:460.



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Cabinet meets. Secs. Welles and Usher, Atty. Gen. Bates, and Lincoln present. Welles, Diary.

Col. Shaffer discusses Gen. Butler's position with President. Butler, Correspondence, 4:547-48.

In evening Sec. and Mrs. Welles visit for hour with Lincoln at Soldiers' Home. Welles, Diary.

President writes Gen. Sherman who complains about promotion of Gens. Alvin P. Hovey and Peter J. Osterhaus: "My recollection is that both Gen. Grant and yourself recommended both H & O. . . . I beg you to believe we do not act in a spirit disregarding merit. We expect to await your programme, for further changes and promotions in your army. My profoundest thanks to you and your whole Army for the present campaign so far." Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 26 July 1864, CW, 7:463-64.



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President appoints Richard W. Thompson, of Indiana, commissioner to examine Union Pacific Railroads. Appointment of Richard W. Thompson as Commissioner to Examine Union Pacific Railroads, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:464-65.

Telegraphs Gen. Hunter at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.: "Please send any recent news you have—particularly as to movements of the enemy." Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:465-66.

Promises Gov. Johnson (Tenn.) to look after matter of Gen. Alvan C. Gillem. As for Gen. Schurz, "I appreciate him certainly as highly as you do; but you can never know until you have the trial, how difficult it is to find a place for an officer of so high rank, when there is no place seeking him." Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnson, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:466.

Directs Sec. Stanton to examine petition of female workers in Philadelphia Arsenal and provide relief consistent with law and public service. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 27 July 1864, CW, 7:466-67.



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President asks J. W. Forney and Morton McMichael, editor of Philadelphia "North American," to come to Washington tomorrow or Saturday. Abraham Lincoln to John W. Forney, 28 July 1864, CW, 7:469.

Telegraphs Gen. Grant to meet him at Fortress Monroe, Va., 8 P.M. Saturday, the 30th. Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 28 July 1864, CW, 7:469-70.



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President changes purpose and decides to meet Gen. Grant at Fortress Monroe, at 10 A.M. Sunday, the 31st. Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 29 July 1864, CW, 7:470.

President Lincoln writes to Anne Williamson, of Edinburgh, Scotland, and thanks her for sending him a woolen wrap. The eighty-one-year-old Williamson wrote, "As one deeply interested in your present struggle, I trust the Lord will bless all your endeavors for the peace of your country and the freedom of the slave." Lincoln writes, "I thank you for that pretty and useful present, but still more for those good wishes to myself and our country which prompted you to present it." Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Anne Williamson, 29 July 1864, CW, 7:471; New York Daily Tribune, 3 August 1864, 4:5.



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At 12 M. Sec. Seward escorts Chevalier Bertinatti to White House for presentation of credentials as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Italy. President replies to presentation. Reply to Joseph Bertinatti, 30 July 1864, CW, 7:473-74.

Lincoln appoints Maj. John A. Bingham, judge advocate of volunteers and former congressman (Ohio), to Court of Claims; appointment declined. Abraham Lincoln to John A. Bingham, 30 July 1864, CW, 7:472.

Leaves Washington in time to reach Fortress Monroe Sunday morning for meeting with Gen. Grant. Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 29 July 1864, CW, 7:470.

Marine band gives regular Saturday evening concert on White House grounds. President probably did not attend. Washington Chronicle, 31 July 1864.

President approves treasury regulations governing commercial intercourse and directs military personnel to assist agents of Treasury Dept. in executing them. Approval of Treasury Regulations, 30 July 1864, CW, 7:471-72.



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President at Fortress Monroe to confer with Gen. Grant. Welles, Diary.

August 1, 1864. Waits at wharf for Grant to come from Gen. Butler's house. Mrs. Butler does not see President or Mrs. Lincoln and ladies. Butler, Correspondence, 4:566.

Lincoln receives Grant aboard U.S.S. "Baltimore" at 10 A.M. for conference. Begins return trip to Washington at 3 P.M. Washington Chronicle, 2 August 1864.

Grant and members of staff accompany President to Norfolk. Washington Star, 1 August 1864.