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Wednesday, June 18, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President recognizes appointment of Baron von der Osten-Sacken as consul general of Russia at New York. National Intelligencer, 20 June 1862.

President and Vice President Hamlin ride horseback to Soldiers' Home for evening meal. After dinner they retire to library and behind locked doors Lincoln reads draft of Emancipation Proclamation. Charles E. Hamlin, Life and Times of Hannibal Hamlin (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1899), 429.

Telegraphs Gen. McClellan regarding transfer of 10,000 Confederate troops from Richmond to Shenandoah Valley: "If this be true, it is as good as a reinforcement to you of an equal force. I could better dispose of things if I could know about what day you can attack Richmond, and would be glad to be informed, if you think you can inform me with safety." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 18 June 1862, CW, 5:276.