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Thursday, April 2, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President by proclamation reduces scope of commercial intercourse with insurrectionary states. Proclamation about Commercial Intercourse, 2 April 1863, CW, 6:159-60.

Convinces Sec. Welles that Rear Adm. Farragut's position should be strengthened. Accordingly Welles orders Rear Adm. Du Pont to send all but two ironclads to New Orleans as soon as Charleston surrenders. Gustavus V. Fox, Confidential Correspondence of Gustavus Vasa Fox, 2 vols. (New York: n.p., 1918), 1:197; West, Welles, 231.

President and Mrs. Lincoln receive at public White House reception. Jane Grey Swisshelm, abolitionist journalist, meets Lincoln for first time. Frank Klement, "Jane Grey Swisshelm and Lincoln: A Feminist Fusses and Frets," Abraham Lincoln Quarterly 6 (December 1950):234-35.

In evening President calls at Welles' house to read letter prepared by Welles concerning privateers. Welles, Diary.

Deposits June 1862 salary warrant for $2,083.33 in Riggs Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 182.