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Monday, December 23, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President signs bill to increase efficiency of navy, and bill to raise duty on tea, sugar, coffee, and molasses. N.Y. Tribune, 24 December 1861.

Transmits to House of Representatives report of secretary of state respecting Asiatic coolie trade. Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 23 December 1861, CW, 5:79.

Secs. Seward, Welles, and Chase call at White House to confer on "Trent" affair. Sen. Sumner (Mass.) urges Lincoln to surrender Mason and Slidell. Monaghan, Diplomat, 190-91.

[Irwin withdraws $99 from Springfield Marine Bank. Pratt, Personal Finances, 177.]