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Tuesday, June 16, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President interviews district attorney in assault and battery case against John Knowles. Abraham Lincoln to Edward Bates, 16 June 1863, CW, 6:278-79.

Telegraphs Mrs. Lincoln in Philadelphia: "It is a matter of choice with yourself whether you come home. There is no reason why you should not, that did not exist when you went away. As bearing on the question of your coming home, I do not think the raid in Pennsylvania amounts to anything at all." Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln, 16 June 1863, CW, 6:283.

Interviews Gen. Cadwalader regarding assignment to command troops at Philadelphia for present emergency. Abraham Lincoln to Horace Binney, Jr., 16 June 1863, CW, 6:279.

At cabinet meeting Sec. Chase suggests that an attempt be made to capture Richmond, but Lincoln blocks idea. Welles, Diary.

President and Sec. Stanton at War Dept. in evening. Sec. Welles drops in and finds them jubilant over report that no Confederates have reached Carlisle, Pa. Welles, Diary, 17 June 1863.

Telegraphs Gen. Hooker: "Your idea to send your cavalry to this side of the river may be right—probably is; still, it pains me a little that it looks like defensive merely, and seems to abandon the fair chance now presented of breaking the enemy's long and necessarily slim line, stretched now from the Rappahannock to Pennsylvania." Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Hooker, 16 June 1863, CW, 6:280-81.

Sends letter to Hooker by hand of Capt. Ulric Dahlgren regarding lack of confidence Gen. Halleck displays toward Hooker. "You state the case much too strongly. . . . I believe Halleck is dissatisfied with you to this extent only, that he knows that you write and telegraph ('report' as he calls it) to me. . . . I need and must have the professional skill of both, and yet these suspicions tend to deprive me of both. . . . Now, all I ask is that you will be in such mood that we can get into our action the best cordial judgment of yourself and General Halleck, with my poor mite added, if indeed he and you shall think it entitled to any consideration at all." Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Hooker, 16 June 1863, CW, 6:281-82.