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Wednesday, July 2, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President announces signing of treaty of commerce with Ottoman Empire. National Intelligencer, 6 August 1862.

Cong. George W. Julian (Ind.) discusses military outlook with President. Rice, 54.

In conference with Sec. Stanton on subject of fugitive Negroes President decides that by law they cannot be sent back to masters, should not be allowed to starve, should be given work and paid reasonable wages. Butler, Correspondence, 2:41-42.

Signs number of important bills; among them, Act to Prohibit Polygamy in Utah, and Pacific Railroad Act. Boston Advertiser, 21 July 1862; N.Y. Tribune, 3 July 1862.

Reads Gen. McClellan's dispatches to Sen. Browning (Ill.) at White House. Browning, Diary.

Approves Morrill Land Grant College Act donating public lands to states and territories providing colleges of agriculture and mechanic arts. Stat. L., XII, 503.

Again writes Gen. Halleck that reinforcements would be welcome but not at cost of delaying Chattanooga expedition. Asks if Halleck could "make me a flying visit." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Halleck, 2 July 1862, CW, 5:300-1.

Informs McClellan that "the idea of sending you fifty thousand, or any other considerable force promptly, is simply absurd. . . . Save the Army, . . . and I will strengthen it for the offensive again, as fast as I can." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 2 July 1862, CW, 5:301-2.

Returns to Senate unapproved bill for additional medical officers because it is superseded by approved bill. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 2 July 1862, CW, 5:302.