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Monday, July 1, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln spends time in temporary quarters as his office in the White House is being remodeled. Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull notes that Lincoln's office, "which is upstairs over the room where the President receives company at the Levees . . . was just being . . . fitted up with papering . . . ,&c. The papering was done & looked very prettily. Mrs. L. was up taking a look at it." Trumbull meets with Lincoln for about an hour in the evening, and the two men discuss the war: "He said to me that he did not know of any law to authorize some things which he had done; but he thought there was a necessity for them, & that to save the constitution & the laws generally, it might be better to do some illegal acts, rather than suffer all to be overthrown. He seemed to think there was just as much law for increasing the regular army & the Navy as for calling out the three years' men. Every body seems anxious for a forward movement, & indications are not wanting that it will soon be made." Lyman Trumbull to Julia Trumbull, 2 July 1861, Lyman Trumbull Family Papers, Box 1, folder 12, IHi, Springfield, IL; John M. Palmer, The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent, 2 vols., (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1899), 1:51-54, 2:618.