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Wednesday, December 17, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

"President sends much for Gus [Asst. Sec. Fox] lately—that indicates he is in trouble." Fox, Diary, Gist-Blair Family Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

"The President remarked to me the other night . . . that he was very anxious to have us retake Sumter, & that he would man it with negroes . . . President is exceedingly disturbed." John M. Forbes, Letters and Recollections of John Murray Forbes, 2 vols. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1899), 1:343.

President arranges meeting with senatorial committee for tomorrow evening. Monaghan, Diplomat, 267.

In evening receives from hands of Senator King (N.Y.) resignations of Secretary of State William H. Seward and Assistant Secretary of State Frederick W. Seward following action of Republican senatorial caucus. Scrapbook clipping, 23 December 1862, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 19 December 1862, 2d ed., 2:2; Bates, Diary, 19 December 1862.

Gen. Haupt visits President in evening and interrupts conversation between Cong. Covode (Pa.) and Lincoln. Correspondence, 26-27, Gideon Welles Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln writes Gen. Curtis: "Could the civil authority be reintroduced into Missouri in lieu of the military to any extent, with advantage and safety?" Abraham Lincoln to Samuel R. Curtis, 17 December 1862, CW, 6:8.

Declines to sign memorandum on behalf of "The colored man William Johnson [who] came with me from Illinois" for fear it will be construed as an order. Memorandum Concerning William H. Johnson, 17 December 1862, CW, 6:8-9.