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Saturday, August 31, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President interviews Gen. John H. Reed, quartermaster general of Massachusetts, regarding military preparedness. Andrew to Lincoln, 28 August 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Asst. Sec. of Navy Gustavus V. Fox and Gen. Butler awaken President late at night to inform him of capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark, N.C. Benjamin F. Butler, Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences . . . Butler's Book (Boston: A. M. Thayer, 1892), 287.

John G. Nicolay, private secretary to President, is back at his post "with improved health." Evening Star (Washington, DC), 31 August 1861, 2:1.

Seward family calls on Lincoln in his office. Kittens given President by Seward are playing in hall. "Mr L. seems quite fond of them. Says they climb all over him." The President "looks sick, and is I fear threatened with intermitting fever—the room was awfully hot with gas and a wood fire." NRR—Diary of Frances Seward Ms.