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Wednesday, June 8, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

National Union Convention, meeting in Baltimore, nominates Lincoln for President. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 June 1864, 2d ed., 2:1.

Lincoln busy in morning at War Department, in constant telegraphic communication with Gen. Grant. Hurries to White House for quick lunch and returns to War Department. About 4:30 P.M. sees dispatch announcing nomination of Military Governor Andrew Johnson (Tennessee) for Vice President. Learns announcement of his own nomination received two hours ago. Lamon, Recollections, 112-13; LL, No. 217.

Interviews James G. McAdam of New York on behalf of James A. McCrea, accused of procuring whiskey for soldiers at Beaufort, S.C. Abraham Lincoln to James G. McAdam, 10 June 1864, CW, 7:385-86.

In evening, receives visit and congratulations from Mayor Richard Wallach (Washington). Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 June 1864, 2d ed., 3:1.

Attends Grover's Theatre in evening alone to see Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera Fidelio. Leonard Grover, "Lincoln's Interest in the Theater," Century Magazine 77 (April 1909):947; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 8 June 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 1:4.

President Lincoln forwards to Congress a communication from the Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding the Enrollment Act, which instituted a military draft. Stanton suggested that Congress "repeal" the Act's "three hundred dollar clause," which allowed draftees to pay $300, in lieu of serving in the military. Stanton explained, "ample experience has now shown that the pecuniary exemption from service frustrates the object of the enrolment law, by furnishing money instead of men." Lincoln informs Congress that he "concur[s] with Stanton's "recommendation." Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 8 June 1864, CW, 7:380; Edwin M. Stanton to Abraham Lincoln, 7 June 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.