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Friday, December 25, 1863.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln reads to John Hay and others article he wrote last summer upholding constitutionality and expediency of draft. Hay, Letters and Diary.

Suggests to Bayard Taylor that he prepare lecture on "Serfs, Serfdom, and Emancipation in Russia." Abraham Lincoln to Bayard Taylor, 25 December 1863, CW, 7:93.

Plans to extend practical benefits of Amnesty and Reconstruction Proclamation to people of rebellious districts. Record books will be sent to various points to receive subscriptions to oath. Hay, Letters and Diary.