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Thursday, September 11, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President at War Dept. discusses with Gen. Halleck, Col. John A. Wright, and Secs. Chase and Stanton question of Gov. Curtin (Pa.) calling all able-bodied men into army. Salmon P. Chase, Diary and Correspondence of Salmon P. Chase, Compiled by Samuel H. Dodson, American Historical Association, Annual Report for the Year 1902, vol. 2 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1903).

Approves provisional contract between A. W. Thompson for Chiriqui Improvement Company and Sec. Smith for U.S. providing for colonization by Negroes of land in Chiriqui. Approval of Contract with Ambrose W. Thompson, 11 September 1862, CW, 5:414.

Telegraphs Gen. McClellan near Rockville, Md.: "If [Fitz John] Porter, Heintzelman, and Sigel were sent you, it would sweep everything from the other side of the river; . . . Porter reports himself twenty one thousand strong, . . . He is ordered to-night to join you as quick as possible. I am for sending you all that can be spared." Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, 11 September 1862, CW, 5:415.

Sends Sec. Stanton extract from letter from August Belmont suggesting that Halleck be made secretary of war and McClellan be appointed commander-in-chief of military forces in East. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 11 September 1862, CW, 5:416.