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Thursday, December 18, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

At 10 A.M. President receives committee, consisting of Congs. Crittenden (Ky.), John W. Crisfield (Md.), and William A. Hall (Mo.), to present views of people in Border States. Washington Chronicle, 19 December 1862; Abraham Lincoln to John J. Crittenden, John W. Crisfield, and William A. Hall, 17 December 1862, CW, 6:8.

Asks opinion of Gov. Gamble (Mo.) on ability of enrolled militia alone to maintain order north of Missouri River; if so, might other forces be moved south of river? Abraham Lincoln to Hamilton R. Gamble, 18 December 1862, CW, 6:9.

Transmits to Congress documentation "relative to certain valuable publications presented to the Library of Congress" by British Museum. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 18 December 1862, CW, 6:9-10.

Committee of nine from Republican senatorial caucus meets with Lincoln at 7 P.M. and confers several hours on resignation of Sec. Seward and reconstruction of cabinet. Collamer to Lincoln, 18 December 1862, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Scrapbook clipping, 23 December 1862, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Jacob Collamer, 18 December 1862, CW, 6:9.

Late in evening Sen. Browning (Ill.) calls on Lincoln, D. W. Wise of Boston present. Lincoln will not discuss Wise's proposition for preparing biography. Browning, Diary.