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Tuesday, December 17, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

Committee from New York Chamber of Commerce consults with Lincoln and Secs. Seward and Chase regarding armed vessels in foreign seas to protect Union commerce against rebel privateers. N.Y. Times, 18 December 1861.

First White House public reception of season from 8 to 10:30 P.M. National Intelligencer, 17 December 1861.

President transmits to Senate for its advice draft for convention with Republic of Mexico. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 17 December 1861, CW, 5:73-74.

Sends to Congress copies of correspondence with governor of Maine on subject of fortification of seacoast and lakes. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 17 December 1861, CW, 5:74.