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Monday, October 21, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

In absence of law authorizing such appointments, Lincoln nevertheless invites Archbishop John J. Hughes of New York to name chaplains to represent Catholic Church in military hospitals. Edgar DeW. Jones, Lincoln and the Preachers (New York: Harper, 1948), 79-80; Abraham Lincoln to John J. Hughes, 21 October 1861, CW, 4:559-60.

Visits Gen. McClellan's headquarters in War Dept. and reads dispatch announcing death of intimate friend, Colonel Edward D. Baker (for whom Eddy Lincoln was named), at Ball's Bluff. [Action in Virginia on this day.] Entire family grief stricken. Bates, Telegraph Office, 94-96; Helm, Mary, 191; Russell, Diary; Abraham Lincoln to Officer in Command at Poolesville, Maryland, 21 October 1861, CW, 4:560.

President receives information from Asst. Sec. Scott that troops for expedition against Port Royal, S.C., have sailed from Annapolis, Md. Clark to Canfield, 21 October 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Together with cabinet and majority of division generals within reach of capital attends evening council at McClellan's headquarters. N.Y. Times, 21 November 1861.

John G. Nicolay writes from Springfield that so far as Illinois is concerned there would be no risk or danger in removing Gen. Fremont. Nicolay to Lincoln, 21 October 1861, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[President's account charged $3.50 for "singeing lamp" and 37ยข for curry comb. Lutz Account Book.]