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Tuesday, May 13, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

At 11 A.M. Lincoln welcomes committee of General Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church. National Intelligencer, 14 May 1862; Response to Evangelical Lutherans, 13 May 1862, CW, 5:212-13.

Addresses 12th Indiana Regiment: "I assure you that the nation is more indebted to you, and such as you, than to me." Washington Star, 14 May 1862; Speech to the Twelfth Indiana Regiment, 13 May 1862, CW, 5:213.

President Lincoln writes to Abraham Hart, who is a member of Temple Mikveh Israel, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hart sent Lincoln a copy of the prayer offered up by Mikveh Israel's Rabbi Sabato Morais in response to Lincoln's April 10 proclamation, in which he asked all the country's religious congregations to pray for the "restoration of peace, harmony, and unity." Rabbi Morais prayed, "Bless the President of the United States . . . for his sterling honesty, [and] . . . for his firmness and moderation." Lincoln thanks Hart "for your expressions of kindness and confidence." Proclamation of Thanksgiving for Victories, 10 April 1862, CW, 5:185-186; Abraham Hart to Abraham Lincoln, 23 April 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Abraham Hart, 13 May 1862, CW, 5:212; Bertram Wallace Korn, American Jewry and the Civil War (Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1951), 35-38.

Mrs. Lincoln sends bouquet of White House flowers to Mrs. Fox. Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.