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Monday, July 4, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President records agreement reached with newly appointed Sec. of Treasury William P. Fessenden: "I will keep no person in office in his department, against his express will, so long as I choose to continue him; . . . In Cabinet my view is that in questions affecting the whole country there should be full and frequent consultations." Memorandum of Interview with William P. Fessenden, 4 July 1864, CW, 7:423.

Lincoln works in President's Room at Capitol in morning, signing bills and conferring with members of Congress. Hay, Letters and Diary; Randall, Lincoln, 4:191.

In conference with Sen. Chandler (Mich.), Lincoln doubts legal right of Congress to act on "Wade-Davis Bill." Chandler angrily walks out. President pockets bill. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Abraham Lincoln: A History, 10 vols. (New York: Century, 1890), 9:120-21.

Congressional committee notifies President of adjournment unless he has further communications. Senate Journal, 752.

Cong. Arnold (Ill.) complains to President that John L. Scripps, postmaster at Chicago and candidate for Congress against him, is influencing votes of postal employees. Lincoln writes Scripps: "My wish therefore is, that you will do just as you think fit with your own suffrage in the case, and not constrain any of your subordinates to other than he thinks fit with his. This is precisely the rule I inculcated and adhered to on my part, when a certain other nomination now recently made, was being canvassed for." Abraham Lincoln to John L. Scripps, 4 July 1864, CW, 7:423-24.