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Wednesday, July 17, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President signs commission of W. O. Stoddard as "Secretary to the President to sign land patents . . . 15th day of July, 1861." William O. Stoddard, Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard, ed. by William O. Stoddard, Jr. (New York: Exposition Press, 1955), 74.

Approves act authorizing national loan, and for other purposes. Stat. L., XII, 259.

Several Kansas men and Sen. Browning (Ill.) consult with Lincoln from 8:30 to 11 P.M. on treaty with Delaware Indians and construction of railroad. Browning, Diary.

[Statement of John Alexander (see July 6, 1861) indicates probability of review at White House on this date. DNA—RG 217, General Accounting Office, 142-505.]