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Thursday, May 15, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President approves establishment of Dept. of Agriculture without cabinet status. Stat. L., XII, 387.

Writes Gen. McClellan: "Have done, and shall do, all I could and can to sustain you—hoped that the opening of James River, and putting Wool and Burnside in communication, with an open road to Richmond, or to you, had effected something in that direction. I am still unwilling to take all our force off the direct line between Richmond and here." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 15 May 1862, CW, 5:216.

Refers to Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and Cooper Shop, Philadelphia establishments, in letter to Sen. Wilson (Mass.): "I know nothing of the facts myself, and could only say hypothetically, that if they have dealt so generously with our volunteers, as I have frequently heard, and believe, they are indeed worthy of all praise." Abraham Lincoln to Henry Wilson, 15 May 1862, CW, 5:217-18.