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Monday, May 30, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln welcomes small son of Sen. Hicks (Md.), while father waits in carriage. Abraham Lincoln to Thomas H. Hicks, 30 May 1864, CW, 7:367.

President Lincoln writes to John H. Bryant, of Princeton, Illinois, and regrets that he is unable to attend a meeting to discuss plans for a monument to honor fellow Illinoisan and U.S. Representative, Owen Lovejoy, who recently died. Lovejoy was a staunch abolitionist and Lincoln's "most generous friend." He notes, "My personal acquaintance with him commenced only about ten years ago, since when it has been quite intimate; and every step in it has been one of increasing respect and esteem, ending, with his life, in no less than affection on my part. . . . [Lovejoy] bravely endured the obscurity which the unpopularity of his principles imposed . . . Let him have the marble monument, along with the well-assured and more enduring one in the hearts of those who love liberty, unselfishly, for all men." John H. Bryant et al. to Abraham Lincoln, 10 May 1864; John H. Bryant to Abraham Lincoln, 14 May 1864, both in Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to John H. Bryant, 30 May 1864, CW, 7:366-67.

Writes committee from American Baptist Home Mission Society in response to resolutions presented by them. When those professedly holy men of South, in semblance of prayer, appealed to Christian world "to aid them in doing to a whole race of men, as they would have no man do unto themselves," they contemned and insulted God. "But let me forbear, remembering it is also written 'Judge not, lest ye be judged.'" Abraham Lincoln to George B. Ide, James R. Doolittle, and A. Hubbell, 30 May 1864, CW, 7:368.