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Monday, November 9, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

Gen. Butler's wife calls on Mrs. Lincoln, who is absent, and receives greetings from President. Butler, Correspondence, 3:139.

Committee of merchants and citizens of New York, headed by John J. Astor, Jr., Robert B. Roosevelt, and Nathaniel Sands, presents petition to President relative to Gen. Dix running for mayor of New York City. Astor and Roosevelt to Lincoln, 7 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to John J. Astor, Jr., and Others, 8 November 1863, CW, 7:5.

President and Mrs. Lincoln, along with private secretary John Hay and others, attend performance at Ford's Theatre starring John Wilkes Booth in The Marble Heart by Charles Selby. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Telegraphs Gen. Burnside at Knoxville: "Have seen despatch from Gen. Grant about your loss at Rogersville. Per-contra, about the same time [Gen. William W.] Averell & [Gen. Alfred N.] Duffie got considerable advantage of the enemy at and about Lewisburg, Va; and on Saturday, the 7th. Meade drove the enemy from Rappahannock-station, and Kellys-ford, capturing 8 battleflags, four guns, and over eighteen hundred prisoners, with very little loss to himself. Let me hear from you." Abraham Lincoln to Ambrose E. Burnside, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:5-6.

Lincoln writes to treasury department agent Benjamin F. Flanders, of New Orleans, regarding Louisiana's re-entry into the Union. Lincoln asks Flanders to ponder General Benjamin Butler's proposition that "a vote be taken . . . whether there shall be a State convention to repeal the Ordinance of secession, and remodel the State constitution." In Lincoln's opinion, "the act of secession is legally nothing, and needs no repealing." Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin F. Flanders, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:6-7.

Proposes that Judge Logan bring Mrs. W. H. Lamon, his daughter, to ceremony at Gettysburg on 19th. Lamon will act as marshal on occasion of dedicating cemetery there. Abraham Lincoln to Stephen T. Logan, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:7.

Congratulates Gen. Meade: "I have seen your dispatches about operations on the Rappahannock on Saturday, and I wish to say, 'Well done.' " Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:7.

Telegraphs Maj. John E. Mulford at Fortress Monroe, Va. "Let Mrs. Clark go with Mrs. Todd." [Mrs. Lincoln is known to have used name "Mrs. Clark" when she wished to travel incognito.] Abraham Lincoln to John E. Mulford, 9 November 1863, CW, 7:7-8.