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Friday, March 29, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President and Sec. Seward interview Capt. Montgomery C. Meigs on possibility of relieving Fort Pickens, Fla. Frederick W. Seward, Seward at Washington, as Senator and Secretary of State, vols. 2-3 of Seward at Washington (New York: Derby & Miller, 1891), 2:538-39.

At early morning cabinet meeting President announces decision to reinforce Fort Sumter, S.C. and Fort Pickens. Bates, Diary; West, Welles, 101.

Following cabinet meeting President has interview with F. P. Blair, Sr., who is of opinion that evacuation of Fort Sumter would be treason. William E. Smith, The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1933), 2:9.

Writes secretaries of war and navy: "I desire that an expedition, to move by sea, be got ready to sail as early as the 6th of April next." Abraham Lincoln to Gideon Welles and Simon Cameron, 29 March 1861, CW, 4:301.

Discusses California appointments with Sen. Baker (Oreg.) and several California politicians. Baltimore Sun, 1 April 1861.

Interviews Edward Stabler of Maryland, Quaker and friend of F. P. Blair, Sr., relative to Maryland patronage. Stabler to Lincoln, 30 March 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.