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Friday, October 4, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln confers with Secretary of War Simon Cameron and Generals Wool and Scott concerning Dept. of West. New York Tribune, 5 October 1861.

Observes balloon ascension of John LaMountain from Gen. William B. Franklin's headquarters. Balloon passes over Washington and lands 12 miles away in Maryland. New York Herald, 6 October 1861.

Sec. Welles, Asst. Sec. Fox, and naval experts discuss plans for ironclad warships with President and decide to construct three, one being USS Monitor. J. Duane Squires, "Some Enduring Achievements of the Lincoln Administration, 1861-65," Abraham Lincoln Quarterly 5 (December 1848):203.

Lincoln signs proclamation relative to treaty made with Delaware Indians at Leavenworth City, Kans., July 2, 1861. Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 28 September 1861, CW, 4:540.

Writes Cameron: "The writer of this [letter from Nathan M. Knapp of Winchester, Ill.] is a very dear friend of mine, whom I would much wish to oblige." Abraham Lincoln to Simon Cameron, 4 October 1861, CW, 4:548.

Issues general order: "Flag Officers of the United States Navy, authorized to wear a square flag at the mizzen-mast head, will take rank with Major Generals of the United States Army." General Order Concerning Flag Officers, 4 October 1861, CW, 4:548.

Requests Sec. Seward to see Samuel J. Walker, son-in-law of Charles S. Morehead, former governor of Kentucky: "I understand the Kentucky arrests were not made by special direction from here, and I am willing if you are that any of the parties may be released when James Guthrie and James Speed [lawyer of Louisville, former member of Kentucky Legislature, and brother of Joshua F. Speed] think they should be." Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 4 October 1861, CW, 4:549.