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Thursday, January 21, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President transmits to Senate documentation "respecting the recent destruction by fire of the church of the CompaƱia at Santiago, Chile." Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 21 January 1864, CW, 7:143.

In the evening, President Lincoln and his wife Mary Lincoln host a dinner for members of the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, "and a few others, with their wives." Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles noted that the gathering "was pleasant. A little stiff and awkward on the part of some of the guests, but [it] passed off very well." Howard K. Beale, ed., Diary of Gideon Welles, 3 vols., (New York: W. W. Norton, 1960), 1:512; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 21 January 1864, 2d ed., 2:4.