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Monday, July 28, 1862.+-

Washington, DC.

President at War Dept. for 10 A.M. conference with Gens. Halleck and Burnside. They consider recommendation of Gen. Keyes that Army of Potomac be withdrawn from James River base unless it is reinforced by 100,000 men. Browning, Diary; Diary, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Lincoln discloses attitude toward prosecuting war in letter to C. Bullitt: "What would you do in my position? Would you drop the war where it is? Or, would you prosecute it in future, with elder-stalk squirts, charged with rose water? . . . I am in no boastful mood. I shall not do more than I can, and I shall do all I can to save the government, which is my sworn duty as well as my personal inclination. I shall do nothing in malice. What I deal with is too vast for malicious dealing." Abraham Lincoln to Cuthbert Bullitt, 28 July 1862, CW, 5:344-46.

Announces signing of treaty with Ottawa Indians of Kansas. National Intelligencer, 31 July 1862.

Appoints Chief Clerk Charles E. Mix to be acting commissioner of Indian affairs during absence of Commissioner Dole. Appointment of Charles E. Mix, 28 July 1862, CW, 5:346.

Writes Gov. Gamble (Mo.): "You ask four Regiments for Gen. Schofield, and he asks the same of the Sec. of War. Please raise them for me, as I have them not, nor can have, till some governor gives them to me." Abraham Lincoln to Hamilton R. Gamble, 28 July 1862, CW, 5:347.

Sends note to Sec. Stanton: "Sec. of War, please put Bob [Lincoln] on the way to find where John Reed of Co. C, 11 Mass. may be found." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 28 July 1862, CW, 5:347.