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Monday, March 24, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Cong. Colfax (Ind.) informs President that Horace Greeley will support gradual, compensated emancipation. Willard H. Smith, Schuyler Colfax: The Changing Fortunes of a Political Idol (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Collections, 1952), 167.

[Irwin deposits $87.50 in Springfield Marine Bank, rent received from L. A. Tilton. Pratt, Personal Finances, 165.]

President Lincoln writes to New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley regarding Lincoln's recent call to Congress for a resolution to encourage the "abolishment of slavery." Lincoln proposes that the government "compensate for the inconveniences public and private, produced by such change of system." He writes, "I am a little uneasy about the abolishment of slavery in this District, not but I would be glad to see it abolished, but as to the time and manner of doing it. . . . I would like the bill to have the three main features—gradual—compensation—and vote of the people." Message to Congress, 6 March 1862, CW, 5:144-146; Horace Greeley to Abraham Lincoln, 24 March 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, 24 March 1862, CW, 5:169.

[Tad Lincoln has recovered enough to "play about," and Mary Lincoln continues her slow recovery from the loss of Willie Lincoln. National Republican, 24 March 1862, 3:1.]