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Friday, December 21, 1860.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln informs Trumbull of Weed's visit, and says he gave him three resolutions which might do much good "if introduced, and unanamously supported by our friends." He advises Gov. Curtin on Curtin's inaugural remarks: "I think you would do well to express, without passion, threat, or appearance of boasting, but nevertheless, with firmness, the purpose of yourself, and your state to maintain the Union at all hazzards." He thanks Francis P. Blair Sr. of Washington for his account of Blair's interview with Gen. Scott. "If the forts shall be given up before the inaugeration, the General must retake them afterwards." Washburne has also talked to Scott, and reported. Lincoln writes Washburne to tell commanding general forts must be held or retaken. Abraham Lincoln to Lyman Trumbull, 21 December 1860, CW, 4:158-59; Abraham Lincoln to Andrew G. Curtin, 21 December 1860, CW, 4:158; Abraham Lincoln to Francis P. Blair, Sr., 21 December 1860, CW, 4:157-58; Abraham Lincoln to Elihu B. Washburne, 21 December 1860, CW, 4:159.