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Tuesday, November 12, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President replies to address presented by delegation from Baltimore: "The Government of the United States has been diligently engaged in endeavoring . . . to save Baltimore and Maryland from the danger of complete ruin through an unnecessary and unnatural rebellion." Reply to Delegation of Baltimore Citizens, 15 November 1861, CW, 5:24.

Lincoln writes to Joseph Holt, who is traveling to Missouri as part of a government commission to report on the controversy surrounding military policies in that state. Lincoln acknowledges Holt's suggestions regarding various military assignments. Lincoln notes that his good friend, David Davis, serves on the commission with Holt, and he adds, "[I] assure you, you were never associated with a better man." Joseph Holt to Abraham Lincoln, 2 November 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Holt, 12 November 1861, CW, 5:21-22.

President and John Hay, assistant secretary to President, have tea in evening with family of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.