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Monday, June 8, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

President instructs Sec. Welles to decide question of weekly performances of Marine band at White House. Welles, Diary.

Sec. Chase reads to Lincoln letter from Benjamin H. Brewster, prominent Philadelphia lawyer, on Pennsylvania political situation. Chase to Brewster, 9 June 1863, Simon Cameron Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

President accompanies Mrs. Lincoln and Tad to 3 P.M. train for Philadelphia. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 June 1863, 2d ed., 2:1.

President Lincoln writes to Major General Samuel R. Curtis following Lincoln's removal of Curtis as commander of the Department of the Missouri. Curtis repeatedly clashed with Missouri Governor Hamilton R. Gamble. Lincoln writes, "It became almost a matter of personal self-defence to somehow break up the state of things in Missouri. I did not mean to cast any censure upon you, nor to indorse any of the charges made against you by others. With me the presumption is still in your favor that you are honest, capable, faithful, and patriotic." Abraham Lincoln to Samuel R. Curtis, 8 June 1863, CW, 6:253-54.

Sends two dispatches to Gen. Dix: "We have despatches from Vicksburg of the 3rd. Siege progressing. No general fighting recently. All well." And: "The substance of the news sent of fight at Port-Hudson on the 27th. we have had here three or four days. . . . We knew that Gen. Sherman was wounded. . . . We still have nothing of that Richmond newspaper story of [Gen. Edmund] Kirby Smith [(CSA)] crossing & of Banks losing an arm." Abraham Lincoln to John A. Dix, 8 June 1863, CW, 6:254; Abraham Lincoln to John A. Dix, 8 June 1863, CW, 6:254.