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Thursday, January 5, 1865.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln sends for O. H. Browning in morning. Talks about Emily Todd Helm and Martha Todd White, who have cotton to sell. Issues passes for J W. Singleton to go south and visit trading posts. Browning, Diary.

Authorizes Asst. Sec. Dana to perform duties of secretary of war in absence of Sec. Stanton . DNA—WR RG 107, Off. Sec. War, Orders and Endorsements, BB 15/6237.

Receives committee of Democratic senators from Maryland asking that State Sen.-elect Levin L. Waters be released from military custody. Committee to Lincoln, 5 January 1865, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Receives December salary warrant for $1,981.66 and tucks it away in desk. [This is one of four found in desk after his death.] Pratt, Personal Finances, 184.

Telegraphs Gen. Grant: "Richard T. Jacob, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, is at the Spotswood-House in Richmond under an order of Gen. Burbridge not to return to Kentucky. Please communicate leave to him to pass your lines, and come to me here at Washington." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 5 January 186[5], CW, 8:198.

Returns to House of Representatives, for revision, joint resolution regarding internal revenue act. Abraham Lincoln to the House of Representatives, 5 January 1865, CW, 8:199.

Issues order permitting Robert E. Coxe to bring products through military lines in compliance with regulations of treasury. Order Permitting Robert E. Coxe to Bring Products through the Lines, 5 January 1865, CW, 8:199-200.

Writes Stanton that "while Gen. Sherman's 'get a good ready' is appreciated, and is not to be overlooked, time, now that the enemy is wavering, is more important than ever before. Being on the down-hill, & some what confused, keeping him going. Please say so much to Genl. S." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 5 January 1865, CW, 8:201.