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Thursday, December 12, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President in cabinet meeting, unable to see Rabbi Fischel as arranged yesterday. Bertram W. Korn, American Jewry and the Civil War (Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1951), 70.

Hiram Barney introduces George Bancroft to President and Mrs. Lincoln. Mark Howe, The Life and Letters of George Bancroft, 2 vols. (New York: Scribner, 1908), 2:143.

President wishes Rev. George H. Stuart, chairman of U.S. Christian Commission, success in "your christian and benevolent undertaking for the benefit of the soldiers." Abraham Lincoln to George H. Stuart, 12 December 1861, CW, 5:67.

Joins Gen. Totten at military armament board to examine inventions in gun carriages. Totten to Lincoln, 13 December 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Writes Gen. Curtis: "I snatch a moment to both thank you, and apologize to you." Thanks him for executing trusts and apologizes for publication of Totten's report on conditions in Missouri containing confidential interviews with Curtis. Abraham Lincoln to Samuel R. Curtis, 12 December 1861, CW, 5:65-66.

Writes Sec. Seward asking him to look at resolution in House of Representatives of Dec. 9 by Cong. Clement Vallandigham (Ohio) and "mention in Cabinet to-morrow." Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 12 December 1861, CW, 5:66.