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Wednesday, December 23, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews William H. Craft, corporal in Co. C., 82d New York Volunteers, who fears arrest as deserter, and gives him protection back to Army of Potomac. Abraham Lincoln to Whom It May Concern, 23 December 1863, CW, 7:89.

Confers with Sen. Lane (Kans.) about affairs in Missouri and Kansas and about nomination of Gen. Schofield to be major general. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Relates dream in which he is among plain people. One of them remarks: "He is a very common-looking man." President replies: "Common-looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them." Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 143.

Lincoln has third interview with Sen. B. Gratz Brown (Mo.) concerning conditions in Missouri. Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 140.

Transmits to Congress report regarding claims of Peruvian citizens. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 23 December 1863, CW, 7:88.

Requests Sec. Stanton : "Please see this Lady who is a Sister to our gallant and brave friend, Gen. Reynolds, who fell at Gettysburg. Please oblige her if you can." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 23 December 1863, CW, 7:88.