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Tuesday, June 30, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President in conference with Sec. Stanton and Gen. Halleck; misses cabinet meeting. Welles, Diary.

Cong. Kelley (Pa.) calls and requests that Gen. McClellan not be placed in command in Pennsylvania. Kelley to Lincoln, 30 June 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Gen. Butler at White House for interview with President. N.Y. Herald, 1 July 1863.

President receives invitation to use residence of J. C. G. Kennedy, 380 H St., at any time. Kennedy to Lincoln, 30 June 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Telegraphs Gen. Couch at 3:25 P.M.: "I judge by absence of news that the enemy is not crossing, or pressing up to the Susquehannah. Please tell me what you know of his movements." Abraham Lincoln to Darius N. Couch, 30 June 1863, CW, 6:310.

President Lincoln replies to General David Hunter, who is unhappy about being "remov[ed] from command of the Dept. of the South." Hunter wants permission to release "official . . . records as may be necessary to set me right in the eyes of my friends and in the justice of history." Lincoln writes, "I assure you . . . the recent change of commanders . . . was made for no reasons which convey any imputation upon your known energy, efficiency and patriotism. . . . I cannot, by giving my consent to a publication of whose details I know nothing, assume the responsibility of whatever you may write. In this matter your own sense of military propriety must be your guide, and the regulations of the service your rule of conduct." David Hunter to Abraham Lincoln, 25 June 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 30 June 1863, CW, 6:310-11.

Answers A. K. McClure, who asserts that people are clamoring for Gen. McClellan to be placed in command in Pennsylvania: "Do we gain anything by opening one leak to stop another? Do we gain any thing by quieting one clamor, merely to open another, and probably a larger one?" Abraham Lincoln to Alexander K. McClure, 30 June 1863, CW, 6:311.

Acknowledges letter of Gov. Joel Parker (N.J.), who writes that people of New Jersey want McClellan at head of Army of Potomac: "I really think the attitude of the enemies' army in Pennsylvania, presents us the best opportunity we have had since the war began. I think you will not see the foe in New-Jersey. I beg you to be assured that no one out of my position can know so well as if he were in it, the difficulties and involvements of replacing Gen. McClellan in command." Abraham Lincoln to Joel Parker, 30 June 1863, CW, 6:311-12.