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Tuesday, February 17, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President transmits to Senate treaty with Potawatomi Nation in Kansas. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 17 February 1863, CW, 6:109.

Reads to cabinet letters between himself and Cong.-elect Fernando Wood, former mayor of New York. Welles, Diary.

Consults with General Benjamin F. Butler regarding Butler's next command. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 17 February 1863, 2d ed., 2:4.

Interviews Thurlow Weed who asks that Charles Heintzelman be sent to West Point. Journal, 18 February 1863, Samuel P. Heintzelman Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

At 7 P.M. receives W. H. Tyler, chairman, and members of New York committee bearing resolutions concerning colonization of Florida with "armed free labor colonies." Memorandum Concerning Interview with W. H. Tyler and Committee, 17 February 1863, CW, 6:108.

Lincoln writes to Major General William S. Rosecrans and reveals a strategy to offset Confederate "raids of rapidly moving small bodies of troops [that are] . . . harrassing, and discouraging loyal residents, supplying themselves with provisions, clothing, horses . . . surprising and capturing small detachments of our forces, and breaking our communications." Lincoln concludes, "I think we should organize proper forces, and make counter-raids." He asks, "What think you of trying to get up such a corps in your army?" Abraham Lincoln to William S. Rosecrans, 17 February 1863, CW, 6:108-9.