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Wednesday, May 4, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Richard H. Dana, U.S. district attorney in Massachusetts, calls on Lincoln again after one year and finds him "sober, wise, thoughtful, good decisions but having constant failures in administration." Don C. Seitz, Lincoln the Politician: How the Rail-Splitter and Flatboatman Played the Great American Game (New York: Coward-McCann, 1931), 414.

L. E. Chittenden reports to President at 7 P.M. on terrible condition of exchanged prisoners. Lucius E. Chittenden, Recollections of President Lincoln and his Administration (New York: Harper, 1891), 323-38.

Lincoln writes Gen. Sherman at Chattanooga to do anything he can consistently with military operations for suffering people in Nashville area. Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 4 May 1864, CW, 7:330-31.

Writes check for $2.50 to Franklin and Co., opticians, 244 Penn. Av. NW. CW, 8:541.