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Saturday, February 1, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln writes letter of sympathy to Queen Victoria of England on death of husband. Abraham Lincoln to Queen Victoria, 1 February 1862, CW, 5:117-18.

Discusses with Secretary of State William H. Seward and Congressman Alfred Ely (N.Y.), recently in prison in Richmond, advisability of placing Confederate privateers detained in New York and Philadelphia harbors on footing of prisoners of war. N.Y. Tribune, 3 February 1862; National Republican (Washington, DC), 3 February 1862, 2:5.

In afternoon Seward escorts Baron F. von Gerolt, Prussian minister, to White House for ceremonial call on President. Seward to Lincoln, 1 February 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President sends for Asst. Sec. Fox, who arrives after dinner. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.