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Thursday, March 28, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Cassius M. Clay calls at White House and declines appointment to Spain; decides to accept St. Petersburg post and receives thanks of President. Monaghan, Diplomat, 45-46.

Carl Schurz calls at White House and learns he is appointed minister to Spain. Carl Schurz, Intimate Letters of Carl Schurz, 1841-1869, trans and ed. by Joseph Schafer (Madison, WI: n.p., 1928), 252.

Lincoln sends 50 nominations to Senate. Baltimore Sun, 29 March 1861.

Senate committee notifies President of adjournment unless he has further communications. Senate Journal, 433.

President and Mrs. Lincoln hold first state dinner for cabinet and special guests including Gen. Scott. During evening Lincoln informs cabinet that Scott recommends evacuation of Fort Sumter, S.C., and Fort Pickens, Fla. Russell, Diary; Randall, Lincoln, 1:332; Erasmus D. Keyes, Fifty Years' Observation of Men and Events, Civil and Military (New York: Scribner, 1884), 377.