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Saturday, March 15, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews his friend, George C. Bestor, boat builder, and sends him with note to Gen. Meigs. Abraham Lincoln to Montgomery C. Meigs, 15 March 1862, CW, 5:162.

Atty. Gen. Bates has private talk with Lincoln to warn him against extremists in Congress. Bates, Diary.

Sen. Harris (N.Y.) and G. Opdyke see President and urge appointment of Mr. Gray (probably J. G. C. Gray) as minister to Rome in case former Gov. Randall (Wis.) declines. Opdyke to Chase, 16 March 1862, Salmon P. Chase Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sec. Stanton escorts Gen. Ethan Allen Hitchcock to consult with Lincoln regarding Gen. McClellan. Ethan A. Hitchcock, Fifty Years in Camp and Field: Diary of Major-General Ethan Allen Hitchcock, U.S.A., edited by W. A. Croffut (New York: Putnam, 1909), 439.

Col. Le Grand B. Cannon, stationed at Fortress Monroe, Va., interviews President in presence of Sens. Harris (N.Y.) and King (N.Y.) in attempt to remove difficulties presented by order to McClellan to advance toward Richmond. LeGrand B. Cannon, Personal Reminiscences of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 (New York: Burr Print. House, 1895), 14.

Lincoln assigns Gen. James S. Wadsworth to post of military governor of Washington, DC. Philadelphia News, 15 March 1862.

Interviews Sen. Foot (Vt.) regarding appropriation for new Capitol dome. Foot to Lincoln, 17 March 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Approves act authorizing joint commission representing U.S., Great Britain, and France for preservation of Atlantic fisheries. Stat. L., XII, 369.

Buys $14,200 worth of Treasury notes of 1861 with accumulation of seven salary warrants, July 1861 to January 1862. Pratt, Personal Finances, 127.