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Thursday, October 20, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President sends congratulations to Isabel II, Queen of Spain, on marriage of niece and condolences on death of nephew. Abraham Lincoln to Isabel II, 20 October 1864, CW, 8:53-54.

Congratulates William I, King of Prussia, on birth of grandson. Abraham Lincoln to William I, 20 October 1864, CW, 8:56-57.

Orders that Annie Wittenmyer, special agent of Iowa Sanitary Association, "have transportation to any of the Armies, and any privileges while there." Order Concerning Mrs. Annie Wittenmyer, 20 October 1864, CW, 8:54-55.

Sets apart, by proclamation, last Thursday in November as day of Thanksgiving. Proclamation of Thanksgiving, 20 October 1864, CW, 8:55-56.

Receives letter from F. P. Blair, Sr., urging Montgomery Blair for chief justice for two reasons: 1. He deserves it for what he has done for administration. 2. Appointment would disperse ostracism caused by removal from cabinet. William E. Smith, The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics, 2 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1933), 2:298-99.

Dr. Bellows visits Lincoln to present gift of gold box from citizens of California. Washington Chronicle, 29 October 1864.

Lincoln asks favor: "If not inconsistent with the service, will Gen. [Christopher C.] Augur please allow the furlough requested. The father of the boy is a domestic in my service." Abraham Lincoln to Christopher C. Augur, 20 October 1864, CW, 8:53.