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Monday, September 12, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President sends congratulations to Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, on birth of son to Princess Marie Clotilde Napoleon, a cousin. Abraham Lincoln to Napoleon III, 12 September 1864, CW, 7:550-51.

Discusses with Norman Wiard, manufacturer of Wiard cannon, critical condition of private manufacturers of arms as result of government policy. Wiard to Lincoln, 12 December 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Begins general letter for "Union Mass Meeting at Buffalo" and decides against it for reasons of policy and time. Abraham Lincoln to Isaac M. Schermerhorn, 12 September 1864, CW, 8:1-2.

Suggests to Gen. Grant possibility of concentrating 10,000 men at Gen. Sheridan's camp for strike against Gen. Early. Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 12 September 1864, CW, 7:548.