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Monday, April 8, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Sec. Seward reads to President from London "Times" opinion that citizens of U.S. and Great Britain are of same descent and their ambitions for civilization will always be the same. Frederic Bancroft, The Life of William H. Seward, 2 vols. (New York: Harper, 1900), 2:162-63.

President holds public reception. Randall, Lincoln, 1:369.

Prominent New York Republicans George Opdyke, David Dudley Field, James Wadsworth, and Horace Greeley write to Lincoln and recommend that he name someone from their "wing of the party" to the post of Surveyor of the Port of New York. Lincoln had already chosen a Greeley-backed candidate to fill the Collector's position. On Greeley's envelope, Lincoln jots down a comment about the fractious New York Republicans: "Greely, Opdyke, Field & Wadsworth, in favor of having the two big puddings on the same side of the board." Horace Greeley and others to Abraham Lincoln, 8 April 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.