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Saturday, September 14, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President consults with Sec. Cameron and they decide to ask Gen. Fremont to send 5,000 well-armed infantry to Washington. Committee on Conduct of War, Report (1863), 3:133.

Lincoln writes to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase on behalf of an old friend. Lincoln explains, "Mr. ThomasAlsop is my personal acquaintance of near twenty years standing, and one of the truest men I ever knew. He is needy now; and if you can at once, or in a reasonable time, find a clerkship for him, I shall be greatly obliged to you." Abraham Lincoln to Salmon P. Chase, 14 September 1861, CW, 11:33.

In evening President has long friendly chat at Executive Mansion with Sec. Welles who has just returned from Connecticut. West, Welles, 151.

Steams down Potomac at night to watch test of electro-mercury light invented by Prof. John T. Way. Extracts from Dahlgren Diary, 15 September 1861, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[Lincoln's account is charged $1.00, again for "altering collar." Lutz Account Book.]