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Friday, November 20, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

Sec. Usher informs President that grading of first 40 miles of Union Pacific Railroad was completed November 18, 1863. Hallett to Usher, 19 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews Mrs. Anna S. King regarding husband, sentenced to be shot. Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:25; Abraham Lincoln to George G. Meade, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:25.

Exchanges letters with Edward Everett who writes: "I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes." Lincoln writes: "I am pleased to know that, in your judgment, the little I did say [Gettysburg] was not entirely a failure." Abraham Lincoln to Edward Everett, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:24-25.

Orders trial of Capt. Charles C. Moore before military commission for interference at polls in Maryland. Abraham Lincoln to Robert C. Schenck, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:26-27.

Reads to John Hay letter of Sen. Chandler (Mich.) relative to attitude of War Democrats toward Thurlow Weed, Sec. Seward, and Postmaster Gen. Blair. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Replies to Chandler's letter: "I hope to 'stand firm' enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause." Abraham Lincoln to Zachariah Chandler, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:23-24.

Requests Sec. Stanton : "Please see and hear the Attorney General, and oblige him in what he will ask in regard to a niece of his who is in distress." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 20 November 1863, CW, 7:27.

In evening Cong. Colfax (Ind.) visits Lincoln. Hay, Letters and Diary.