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Wednesday, January 23, 1861.+-

Springfield, IL.

John G. Nicolay, private secretary to President-elect, writes Gen. Edwin C. Wilson on Lincoln's instructions, expressing satisfaction at assurance that militia of Pennsylvania is ready to come to support of Union "in the event of trouble or danger." Nicolay to Wilson, 23 January 1861, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Francis P. Blair, Jr., Congressman-elect (Mo.), visits Springfield to press claim of his brother Montgomery to cabinet appointment. Blair says: "The day of compromise is gone, and the day of fighting come." Harry J. Carman and Reinhard H. Luthin, Lincoln and the Patronage (New York: Columbia University Press, 1943), 38; N.Y. Herald, 24 January 1861.

Dr. Gilt of Virginia calls on Lincoln on behalf of Cassius M. Clay, Kentucky abolitionist, and Judge John C. Underwood, Virginia unionist, relative to cabinet posts. Blair to Blair, 24 January 1861, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln deposits $165.10 in Springfield Marine Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 164.

Waits in vain at station for arrival of Mrs. Lincoln and their eldest son Robert on night train from east. Villard, Eve of '61, 54-55.