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Thursday, November 17, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Union Maryland Central Committee calls on President by appointment. Montgomery Blair introduces each member to Lincoln. William H. Purnell, chairman, delivers an address, and President replies that his pleasure from recent election consists in belief that policy he has pursued will be the best and only one that can save the country. Washington Chronicle, 18 November 1864; Reply to Maryland Union Committee, 17 November 1864, CW, 8:113-14.

Asst. Sec. Dana delivers two letters forwarded by Gen. Dix to President. President looks at letters and seems to think them of little importance. [Letters were picked up in New York by Mrs. Hudspeth and sent to Dix. They later became part of evidence in trial of Lincoln conspirators.] Charles A. Dana, Recollections of the Civil War. With the Leaders at Washington and in the Field in the Sixties (New York: Appleton, 1902), 276.

[John Nicolay confined to sickbed in Lindell Hotel, St. Louis. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 19 November 1864, 2d ed., 2:1; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 19 November 1864, 2d ed., 2:6.]

Lincoln submits to Secretary of State William H. Seward plan of H. P. Livingston to assist in putting down rebellion by purchasing controlling interest in Southern newspapers. Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 17 November 1864, CW, 8:114.