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Thursday, September 26, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President receives report from Governor Richard Yates (Ill.) that to date war effort has cost state $3,533,511.02. Yates to Lincoln, 26 September 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Attends divine service "on day of humiliation, prayer and fasting for all people of the nation." New York Times, 27 September 1861; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 25 September 1861, 3:2.

At telegraph office jokes with employees: "Gentlemen, this is a fast day and I am pleased to observe that you are working as fast as you can." David H. Bates, Lincoln Stories Told by him in the Military Office in the War Department during the Civil War (New York: Rudge, 1926), 31-32.

Attends afternoon lecture on the U.S. Constitution by Professor Amasa McCoy in House of Representatives in observance of National Fast Day. National Republican (Washington, DC), 25 September 1861, 3:1, 26 September 1861, 2:1; Invitation, 25 September 1861, Gideon Welles Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Telegraphs Governor Oliver P. Morton (Ind.): "We are supplying all the demands for arms as fast as we can . . . a week ago we heard that the enemy was encamped on Muldroughs hill now our friends are encamped upon it . . . that is an improvement." Abraham Lincoln to Oliver P. Morton, 26 September 1861, CW, 4:537-38.