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Saturday, May 25, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President and Mrs. Lincoln attend funeral services for Col. Ellsworth at 11 A.M. in East Room, where body has lain in state since early morning. Mrs. Lincoln places Ellsworth's picture and a wreath on casket. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 25 May 1861, 3:1; National Republican (Washington, DC), 27 May 1861, 3:1; Margaret Leech, Reveille in Washington 1860-1865 (New York: Harper, 1941), 81; ICHi—Originals.

President and two young sons ride in military procession to depot with members of cabinet. Train for New York leaves about 2 P.M. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 25 May 1861, 3:2; Baltimore Sun, 27 May 1861.

President Lincoln writes to Ephraim and Phoebe Ellsworth, of Mechanicsville, New York, and expresses his condolences upon the death of their son, and Lincoln's "young friend," Elmer Ellsworth. A Southern sympathizer killed Ellsworth, who was removing a Confederate flag that was flying over an Alexandria, Virginia hotel. Lincoln writes, "My acquaintance with him began less than two years ago; yet through the latter half of the intervening period, it was as intimate as the disparity of our ages, and my engrossing engagements, would permit. . . . What was conclusive of his good heart, he never forgot his parents. . . . In the hope that it may be no intrusion upon the sacredness of your sorrow, I have ventured to address you this tribute to the memory of . . . your brave and early fallen child. May God give you that consolation which is beyond all earthly power. Sincerely your friend in a common affliction." Abraham Lincoln to Ephraim D. and Phoebe Ellsworth, 25 May 1861, CW, 4:385-86; New York Herald (NY), 26 May 1861, 1:3-4.

Courier informs President in Ellsworth funeral procession of hostilities on Virginia side of Potomac. New York Tribune, 26 May 1861.

President and Sec. Cameron interview F. B. Cutting of New York, who believes that European public sentiment toward U.S. can be directed best through Rothschild organization. Cutting to President, 28 May 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.