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Wednesday, May 7, 1862.+-

Fortress Monroe, VA.

Presidential party arises early and rows out to board yacht Vanderbilt before breakfast. After 9 A.M. breakfast with General Wool in Quarters No. 1 Lincoln goes aboard U.S.S. Monitor and U.S.S. Stevens, then visits Fort Wool, Va. Returns to Fortress Monroe, Va., for conference with Flag Officer Goldsborough. In afternoon rides horseback to view ruins of town of Hampton, Va., burned by Confederates, and to review troops at Camp Hamilton, Va. Sends message to Goldsborough to send U.S.S. Galena and two other gunboats up James River if they can be spared. Holds conference in Wool's quarters and spends night. Chester D. Bradley, "President Lincoln's Campaign against the Merrimac," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 51 (Spring 1958):78-80; William E. Baringer, "On Enemy Soil: President Lincoln's Norfolk Campaign," Abraham Lincoln Quarterly 7 (March 1952):11-13; Abraham Lincoln to Louis M. Goldsborough, 7 May 1862, CW, 5:207.

"Library of the Executive Mansion" orders books from William F. Richstein, bookseller and dealer in foreign and American stationery, 278 Pennsylvania Ave. "1 set Hood's Poems $6.50, 1 Goldsmiths Poems $5.00, 1 Homes of American Authors $6.00." [Thomas Hood, Poems; Oliver Goldsmith, Poems; Homes of American Authors: Comprising Anecdotical, Personal, and Descriptive Sketches, by Various Writers..., New York, 1853.] Last item is paid for by President; others out of annual appropriation of $250 for books for White House per Benjamin B. French, Commissioner of Public Buildings. Pratt, Personal Finances, 180.