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Thursday, July 24, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

Sen. Browning (Ill.) at White House in morning studies maps with Lincoln, who points out importance of having Mississippi River opened. Sec. Seward comes in. Browning, Diary.

President interviews Bronson Murray of Connecticut (formerly of Illinois) relative to appointment. Abraham Lincoln to James Dixon, 24 July 1862, CW, 5:339.

Tells some two dozen persons waiting to see him in the hall outside his office, "You all want to see me on business; it is a matter of no importance to me whether I spend my time with half a dozen or with the whole of you, but it is of importance to you. Therefore, when you come in, please don't stay long." Evening Star (Washington, DC), 25 July 1862, 3d ed., 2:1.

Attends school program at Smithsonian Institution and hands out awards. Allen C. Clark, Abraham Lincoln in the National Capital (Washington, DC: W. F. Roberts Co., 1925), 40-41.

Receives word of former President Martin Van Buren's death. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 24 July 1862, 2d ed., 3:5.