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Thursday, February 27, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President appoints two-member commission to examine cases of state prisoners remaining in military custody. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 27 February 1862, 2d ed., 3:5.

Converses with Congressman William D. Kelley (Pa.) at White House about General George B. McClellan and Harper's Ferry, Va., secretary of war arrives at 7 P.M. with dispatches from McClellan. Long conference interrupted by entrance of General Randolph B. Marcy, McClellan's father-in-law and chief of staff. President, obviously dissatisfied with McClellan, says: "The general impression is daily gaining ground that the General does not intend to do anything." William D. Kelley, Lincoln and Stanton: A Study of the War Administration of 1861 and 1862: with Special Consideration of Some Recent Statements of Gen. George B. McClellan (New York: Putnam, 1885), 24-29; Notebook, 1862, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Nicolay, Lincoln's Secretary, 142.

Because of ill health General Winfield Scott declines appointment to Mexico as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary. Senate Executive Journal, XII, 136; Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 27 February 1862, CW, 5:138.

Mrs. Lincoln is ill today. Boston Advertiser, 28 February 1862.