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Saturday, May 11, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President interviews William Ward, introduced by Horace Greeley, regarding employment in New York customhouse. Abraham Lincoln to Hiram Barney, 13 May 1861, CW, 4:367.

President Lincoln attracts attention as he and Minister to Spain Carl Schurz watch from the south portico the Marine Band perform on the White House lawn. A newspaper reports, "[A] few soldiers went up and shook hands with Mr. Lincoln, and then a little girl who had followed them put up her lips, upon which the President saluted her with paternal dignity. Thereupon every little girl in the grounds, and some larger ones, rushed pell-mell towards the place, and for fifteen minutes the President had as much on his hands as one man might desire." Afterward, Lincoln and Schurz break for tea. Michael Burlingame and John R. Turner Ettlinger, eds., Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997), 23; New York Daily Tribune, 12 May 1861, 1:2; National Republican (Washington, DC), 13 May 1861, 3:2.

[Mrs. Lincoln and party leave Philadelphia for New York at 2 P.M. and expect to remain for several days of shopping. N.Y. Tribune, 13 May 1861.]