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Sunday, March 3, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln remains in quarters all day, presumably working on Inaugural Address and cabinet appointments. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 4 March 1861, 3:1.

Is willing to have convention of all states to adjust differences between North and South. N.Y. Tribune, 4 March 1861.

["Would it not be well to have the New York Legislature apply to Congress to call a National Convention? It would be agreeable to the Administration—in all parts," Seward to Weed, March 11, 1861, Thurlow Weed Papers, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.] Sen. Seward (N.Y.) confers at length with Lincoln regarding cabinet appointments. Barton, Life of Lincoln, 2:8.

In morning interview President offers navy cabinet post to Gideon Welles, Connecticut newspaperman and politician, who accepts. Welles to wife, 3 March 1861, Gideon Welles Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Horatio N. Taft, chief examiner in Patent Office, and wife call on President-elect and Mrs. Lincoln and find few Washington ladies present. The Lincolns are "not welcome." Julia Taft Bayne, Tad Lincoln's Father (Boston: Little, Brown, 1931), 14-15.

Lincoln gives dinner for William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Gideon Welles, Montgomery Blair, Simon Cameron, Caleb B. Smith, and Edward Bates, whose names he forwards to Senate as members of cabinet. Albert G. Riddle, Recollections of War Times: Reminiscences of Men and Events in Washington, 1860-1865 (New York: Putnam, 1895), 12.

Goes to Senate for Sen. Crittenden's (Ky.) farewell speech. Washington National Republican, 4 March 1861.