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Saturday, October 1, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Calls on Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles at Navy Dept. regarding Rear Adm. Farragut's station in Gulf. Welles, Diary.

Issues order of thanks to 100-day troops from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Washington Chronicle, 14 October 1864.

Promises Acting Sec. Otto to urge Congress to recognize claims for credit to purchase supplies for refugee Indians in Kansas. Abraham Lincoln to William T. Otto, 1 October 1864, CW, 8:34.

Sunday, October 2, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President discusses vacant judgeship to which he intends to appoint Atty. Gen. Bates. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Interviews William McKee, editor, Missouri "Democrat," on political developments in St. Louis. Schurz to Lincoln, 1 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Monday, October 3, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President is visited by his substitute, John S. Staples, accompanied by Provost Marshal General Fry, Noble D. Larner, in charge of Third Ward, and Staples' father. Shakes hands with recruit and expresses hope that he will be one of the fortunate ones. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 1 October 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 2:4, 3 October 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 2:5.

President interviews Morris L. Hallowell, Philadelphia cotton dealer accompanied by J. W. Forney, and recommends that secretary of treasury assist Hallowell to get certain cotton out of Arkansas. Abraham Lincoln to William P. Fessenden, 3 October 1864, CW, 8:35.

Recognizes Jose S. Prieto as consul of Republic of Mexico. Washington Chronicle, 7 October 1864.

O. H. Browning visits Lincoln in evening at Soldiers' Home. Browning, Diary.

Tuesday, October 4, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Cabinet meets. William Dennison, new postmaster general, sworn in. Welles, Diary.

President asks John Nicolay to make official trip to St. Louis. Nicolay to Bates, 4 October 1864, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Interviews Albert G. Richardson, who represents groups of loyal men and clubs interested in distribution of literature to army. Richardson to Lincoln, 24 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Visits War Dept. in afternoon. Browning, Diary.

Calls on Sec. Welles in late afternoon to inquire about arrangements for exchange of naval prisoners. Welles, Diary.

Wednesday, October 5, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Early in morning President at Navy Dept. to discuss transfer of naval prisoners. Leaves and returns in hour with Secretary of State Seward. President, Seward, and Secretary of the Navy Welles go to War Department to see Secretary of War Stanton and Generals Hitchcock and Halleck. They decide to effect exchange as arranged by Welles through military. Welles, Diary.

President sends Private Secretary John G. Nicolay to Missouri to learn election sympathies of Union men. John G. Nicolay to Abraham Lincoln, 10 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 6 October 1864, 2d ed., 2:4.

Receives September salary warrant for $1,981.66. Pratt, Personal Finances, 183.

Writes General Grant regarding contemplated exchange of naval prisoners through military lines: "I hope you may find it consistent to let it go forward under the general supervision of Gen. Butler." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 5 October 1864, CW, 8:36-37.

Thursday, October 6, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln receives E. Peck, associate justice, U.S. Court of Claims, and gives him card of introduction to secretary of treasury. Abraham Lincoln to William P. Fessenden, 6 October 1864, CW, 8:38.

Interviews Col. Benjamin H. Bristow and others from Christian County, Ky., regarding political conditions in Kentucky. Johnson to Lincoln, 2 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Tad sends carriage bill to Gus Gumpert of Philadelphia for payment, because "I ant got any money to pay the man with." Pratt, Personal Finances, 138.

Meets with Governor General of Nova Scotia Richard Graves MacDonnell, in company of the Assistant Secretary of State. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 7 October 1864, 2d ed., 2:1.

Friday, October 7, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President appoints five directors on part of government for Union Pacific Railroad and Telegraph Company. Appointment of Directors of Union Pacific Railroad, 7 October 1864, CW, 8:38-39.

Interviews General Nathaniel P. Banks on military and political affairs in Louisiana. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 7 October 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 2:4.

Recognizes J. Theophilus Plate as consul for Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg at Philadelphia. Washington Chronicle, 13 October 1864.

Recognizes Joseph N. A. Benziger as consul of Swiss Confederation for Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and Henri Endris as vice consul of the Swiss Confederation for Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and northern part of Illinois. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 20 October 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 2:2.

Interviews Mrs. Anna Byers-Jennings, who seeks release of Daniel Hayden of Missouri. T. J. Turner and Col. Hancock of Chicago join interview. President suggests that she return at 8 in morning. Rufus R. Wilson, ed., Lincoln Among His Friends: A Sheaf of Intimate Memories (Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1942), 375-77.

Col. Allen calls on President to present album from Hungarian Count Sandor. Washington Chronicle, 7 October 1864.

O. H. Browning calls at White House. Browning, Diary.

President writes Henry J. Raymond that "phrase attributed to me, 'of the Jacobinism of Congress,' . . . I do not remember using . . . and which I wish not to be published." Abraham Lincoln to Henry J. Raymond, 7 October 1864, CW, 8:39-40.

Saturday, October 8, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

At 8 A.M. Mrs. Byers-Jennings again calls on President, who grants her request. In evening she dines at White House. Rufus R. Wilson, ed., Lincoln Among His Friends: A Sheaf of Intimate Memories (Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1942), 375.

President, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and Major General Henry W. Halleck attend funeral in Georgetown of Lt. John R. Meigs, son of Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs. Diary, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 10 October 1864, 2d ed., 3:1.

Lincoln receives request from proprietors of Baltimore Evening Post to rescind General Lew Wallace's order suppressing paper. Kimmel and Bosley to Abraham Lincoln, 8 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sunday, October 9, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln besieged by Sunday visitors. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Telegraphs Simon Cameron: "There is absolutely no news here from the Army of the Potomac not published in Stanton s bulletins." Abraham Lincoln to Simon Cameron, 9 October 1864, CW, 8:40-41.

Monday, October 10, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

In morning Cong. Kelley (Pa.) spends two and a half hours at White House. "Didn't talk about himself more than 9/10ths of the time." Dennett, Hay Diaries and Letters, 225.

Sec. Welles confers with Lincoln regarding payment of back bounty to marines. Welles, Diary.

Lincoln sends message to Baltimore mass meeting in favor of "Free Constitution" for Maryland. Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Hoffman, 10 October 1864, CW, 8:41-42.

Interviews Charles Jones, chairman of Union State Central Committee of New York, about getting out seamen's and sailors' vote. Abraham Lincoln to Gideon Welles, 10 October 1864, CW, 8:43.

Testifies concerning shelling of houses near Fort Stevens, DC: "I was present . . . and understanding that the Military officers in command thought the shelling . . . necessary, I certainly gave my approbation to its being done." Testimony Concerning Shelling of Houses Near Fort Stevens, 10 October 1864, CW, 8:42-43.

Tuesday, October 11, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President telegraphs Robert at Cambridge, Mass.: "Your letter makes us a little uneasy about your health. Telegraph us how you are. If you think it would help you make us a visit." Abraham Lincoln to Robert T. Lincoln, 11 October 1864, CW, 8:44.

Lincoln and Sec. Seward call on Sec. Welles at Navy Dept. about New York voters in Navy. Welles, Diary.

At 8 P.M. President and John Hay go to War Dept. to get election returns. During lull Lincoln reads several chapters of Nasby papers, humorous writings of "Petroleum V. Nasby," pen name of David R. Locke. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Stays at telegraph office until after midnight, waiting for returns from Pennsylvania and Ohio. Bates, Telegraph Office, 276.

Wednesday, October 12, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President receives notice that cost of his substitute recruit [J. S. Staples] is $750. [See September 30, 1864.] Larner to Fry, 8 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Suspends clearance of gunboat "Fusigama," built in New York for Japanese government. Order Concerning the Fusigama, 12 October 1864, CW, 8:45.

Answers Gen. Grant's inquiry about election and adds: "Send us what you may know of your army vote." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 12 October 1864, CW, 8:45.

Thursday, October 13, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Sec. Welles reports President happy over election returns. Welles, Diary.

Lincoln again at War Dept. telegraph office for reports on state elections. Randall, Lincoln, 4:235.

Estimates electoral vote in November election as 120 "Union Vote, for President" and 114 "Supposed Copperhead Vote." Estimated Electoral Vote, 13 October 1864, CW, 8:46.

Informs John Hay that he is in no hurry to replace Chief Justice Taney, who died last night. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Answers request of Gov. Morton (Ind.) that troops on furlough not return until after Presidential election: "I said [to Gen. Sherman] that any soldiers he could spare for October need not to remain for November." Abraham Lincoln to Oliver P. Morton, 13 October 1864, CW, 8:46-47.

Friday, October 14, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President decides that second congressional district in Philadelphia is entitled to additional credit on draft. Abraham Lincoln to James B. Fry, 14 October 1864, CW, 8:48.

Inquires of Sec. Welles as to President attending funeral of Chief Justice Taney. Welles, Diary.

Saturday, October 15, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Shortly after 6 A.M. President, Secretary of State William H. Seward, Attorney General Edward Bates, and Postmaster General William Dennison attend funeral service for Chief Justice Taney at residence on Indiana Avenue near 2d St. Just before 7 A.M. procession, including President, moves toward railroad station. At 7:30 A.M. special funeral train of two cars departs for Frederick, Md., where burial takes place at 11:30 A.M. President does not make trip. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 15 October 1864, 2d ed., 2:4; Washington Chronicle, 16 October 1864.

Lincoln interviews John Lellyet, who presents protest from fellow Tennesseans against voting procedures and Mil. Gov. Johnson's administration of elections. Henry J. Raymond, The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln . . . Together with his State Papers, including his Speeches, Addresses, Messages, Letters, and Proclamations and the Closing Scenes Connected with his Life and Death (New York: Derby & Miller, 1865), 598-600.

Telegraphs H. W. Hoffman in Baltimore: "Come over to-night and see me." Abraham Lincoln to Henry W. Hoffman, 15 October 1864, CW, 8:48-49.

[Irwin withdraws from Springfield Marine Bank $9, semiannual payment of interest on scholarship at Illinois State University. Pratt, Personal Finances, 178.]

Sunday, October 16, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President replies to request of Cong. Moorhead (Pa.) for stay of execution: "I do not rem[em]ber about the Peter Gilner case, and must look it up before I can answer." Abraham Lincoln to James K. Moorhead, 16 October 1864, CW, 8:49.

Monday, October 17, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Cong. Kelley (Pa.) calls on President and presents him pocketknife on behalf of friends. Abraham Lincoln to Alfred B. Justice and Others, 17 October 1864, CW, 8:51.

O. H. Browning urges President to appoint Sec. Stanton chief justice of Supreme Court. Lincoln tells him that Atty. Gen. Bates has personally asked for it. Browning, Diary.

Cong E. B. Washburne (Ill.) sends Lincoln gloomy letter on prospects in coming election. President endorses envelope, "Stampeded." Washburne to Lincoln, 17 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, October 18, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews William O. Bartlett, promoter associated with James Gordon Bennett, about New York politics and campaign expenses. Bartlett to Lincoln, 18 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[John Nicolay leaves St. Louis for visit to Illinois. Nicolay to Lincoln, 18 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.]

[At Cedar Creek (Va.) General Philip H. Sheridan successfully concludes the Shenandoah Valley campaign.]

Wednesday, October 19, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President interviews W. Leach, of Illinois, who seeks an exchange for his brother-in-law. Abraham Lincoln to Ethan A. Hitchcock, 19 October 1864, CW, 8:51-52.

Group of loyal Marylanders from East Washington, headed by band from Emory Hospital and carrying signs proclaiming "The Union Forever," joins delegation from Lincoln & Johnson Club of Washington and marches from Navy Yard to White House to serenade President. Lincoln appears at upper window, with Tad by his side holding torch, and responds to serenade. Washington Chronicle, 20 October 1864; Response to a Serenade, 19 October 1864, CW, 8:52-53; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 20 October 1864, 2d ed., 2:4.

Meets with New York Senator Edwin D. Morgan. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 19 October 1864, 2d ed., 2:4.

[John Nicolay writes John Hay from Springfield, Ill.: "I was more than ever disgusted with the Missouri wrangle. . . . it all hinged . . . upon personal spite or greed for spoils." Nicolay to Hay, 19 October 1864, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.]

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.

Friday, October 21, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President and Tad watch torchlight procession from upper windows under portico. Later, crowd calls for President, and he responds briefly. Response to a Serenade, 21 October 1864, CW, 8:57-58.

Telegraphs John Nicolay at St. Louis: "While Curtis is fighting Price have you any idea where the force under Rosecrans is? or what it is doing?" Abraham Lincoln to John G. Nicolay, 21 October 1864, CW, 8:57.

Saturday, October 22, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President notifies former Gov. William B. Campbell (Tenn.) and others that he declines to interfere in any way with presidential election in Tennessee. Abraham Lincoln to William B. Campbell and Others, 22 October 1864, CW, 8:58-72.

Informs William Price, district attorney, Baltimore, and friends that they will be received any time today they present themselves. Abraham Lincoln to William Price, 22 October 1864, CW, 8:73.

Tenders thanks of nation to Gen. Sheridan for successful operations in Shenandoah Valley, including his famous ride from Winchester, Va., and defeat of Confederates at Cedar Creek. Abraham Lincoln to Philip H. Sheridan, 22 October 1864, CW, 8:73-74.

Interviews Judge Hughes, who desires to trade in Southern products. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 22 October 1864, CW, 8:74.

Attends military review and misses visit from Thurlow Weed. Weed to Lincoln, 24 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Writes pass: "These Friends, Joseph J. Neave and William Norton, reside in England and wish to visit the Friends in North Carolina. Allow them to pass, with ordinary baggage, to Gen. Grant's Head Quarters, and by his consent through our lines." Pass for Joseph J. Neave and William Norton, 22 October 1864, CW, 8:72-73.

Sunday, October 23, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President receives group of gentlemen of Hebrew faith who claim to represent the Israelites of New York. Isaacs to Lincoln, 26 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Sends message to Gen. Thomas at Nashville and copy to Gen. Cadwallader C. Washburn at Memphis, Tenn., regarding possible Confederate raid into western Kentucky from Corinth, Miss., on November 4, 1864. Abraham Lincoln to George H. Thomas, 23 October 1864, CW, 8:74.

Monday, October 24, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President speaks to 189th New York Volunteers in front of White House before they leave for front. Randall, Lincoln, 3:11; Speech to One Hundred Eighty-Ninth New York Volunteers, 24 October 1864, CW, 8:75.

O. H. Browning and Hanson A. Risley, treasury agent, confer with Lincoln about permit to trade in cotton. Browning, Diary.

Tuesday, October 25, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President suspends execution of Young C. Edmonson. Issues pass to Francis T. King of Baltimore. Inquires about condition of Lt. Charles Saumenig. Sends Mr. Alderson to Sec. Stanton with note, "to get some suitable situation." Abraham Lincoln to John F. Miller, 25 October 1864, CW, 8:75-76.

Wednesday, October 26, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President receives petition from citizens of Allen and Barren Counties in Ky. asking refund of money assessed by military authorities. Abraham Lincoln to John R. Underwood and Henry Grider, 26 October 1864, CW, 8:77-78.

Orders discharge of "Big Eagle," Indian confined at Davenport, Iowa. Order for Discharge of Big Eagle, 26 October 1864, CW, 8:76.

Thursday, October 27, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

O. H. Browning and Mr. La Forge of New York confer with Lincoln on case of Shiff, young Frenchman who has served as surgeon with Confederates. Browning, Diary.

Charles Ballance, Illinois lawyer and old friend of Lincoln, calls at White House. Ballance to Lincoln, 30 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President recognizes Carl Otto Nilsen as vice consul of Sweden and Norway at La Crosse, Wis. Washington Chronicle, 4 November 1864.

Orders Gen. Burbridge to investigate collection of money from citizens of Allen and Barren Counties, Ky., to compensate Union men for depredations committed by Rebels and to "make any correction which may seem to be proper." Abraham Lincoln to Stephen G. Burbridge, 27 October 1864, CW, 8:78.

Friday, October 28, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews Mrs. Margaret C. Price who asks that her son, prisoner of war, be released from Camp Chase, Ohio. Mrs. George W. Bowen calls on Lincoln and asks that her husband, prisoner of war at Camp Chase, be discharged. Abraham Lincoln to Albert G. Hodges, 28 October 1864, CW, 8:79.

Cabinet meets. Coming presidential election and minor affairs discussed. Bates, Diary.

O. H. Browning confers with Lincoln again about Shiff case. Browning, Diary.

Sec. Welles complains to President that all ships are tied up at Hampton Roads, Va., and Beaufort, N.C., behind army, consequently blockade is being neglected. West, Welles, 298.

President and Mrs. Lincoln again make the Executive Mansion their primary home, returning from the Soldier's Home, for the cool season. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 28 October 1864, 2d ed., 2:4.

Saturday, October 29, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

At 8 A.M. President receives Sojourner Truth, Negro woman, evangelist, and former slave. Lincoln signs her autograph album. Carpenter, Six Months, 203.

Hon. B. Payne [probably New York legislator] calls on President to deliver specially made cane from Laurel F. Brockway, Albany, N.Y. Brockway to Lincoln, 27 October 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln interviews Simon Cameron on aftermath of coming presidential election. Cameron to Lincoln, 1 November 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

[Irwin withdraws $4 from Springfield Marine Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 178.]

Sunday, October 30, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President confers with William Millward, U.S. marshal, eastern district of Pennsylvania, regarding late vote as compared to last election of Gov. Curtin (Pa.). Millward to Lincoln, 7 November 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Telegraphs A. K. McClure: "I would like to hear from you" regarding coming presidential election. Abraham Lincoln to Alexander K. McClure, 30 October 1864, CW, 8:81.

Monday, October 31, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President issues proclamation admitting Nevada into Union. Proclamation Admitting Nevada into the Union, 31 October 1864, CW, 8:83-84.

Confers with "Gen. Todd" regarding outcome of exempting about 5,000 men from draft in Pennsylvania and putting them on duty defending border. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 31 October 1864, CW, 8:84-85.

Thanks 42d Massachusetts Volunteers, 100-day regiment whose term of service is over, "for the service you have rendered the country." Speech to Forty-second Massachusetts Regiment, 31 October 1864, CW, 8:84.

Acknowledges communication from Rev. William Nast covering resolutions of Central German Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church. Abraham Lincoln to William Nast, 31 October 1864, CW, 8:83.