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Friday, September 25, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President at War Dept. with Sec. Stanton ; does not attend cabinet meeting. Welles, Diary.

Writes communication to Gen. Burnside: "Yours of the 23rd. is just received, and it makes me doubt whether I am awake or dreaming. I have been struggling for ten days, first through Gen. Halleck, and then directly, to get you to go to assist Gen. Rosecrans in an extremity, and you have repeatedly declared you would do it, and yet you steadily move the contrary way." [Endorsed "Not sent."] Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 25 September 1863, CW, 6:480-81.

Directs Sec. Chase to examine claim for price of 1,100 bales of cotton alleged to have been delivered to government agents and converted into money. Abraham Lincoln to Salmon P. Chase, 25 September 1863, CW, 6:481.