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Monday, January 9, 1865.+-

Washington, DC.

President transmits to Senate information regarding limitation of naval armament on Great Lakes. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate, 9 January 1865, CW, 8:206.

Returns to Sen. Trumbull (Ill.) statement of Gen. Banks, submitted to Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding Louisiana state government and restates Trumbull's question as to proposed Lousiana Senators: "'Can Louisiana be brought into proper practical relations with the Union, sooner, by admitting or by rejecting the proposed Senators.'" Abraham Lincoln to Lyman Trumbull, 9 January 1865, CW, 8:206-7.

"The First evening reception of the season at the Executive Mansion" held with music by the Marine Band. "The President, who was dressed in a plain suit of black, with white kid gloves, stood just inside the door of the Blue or Oval Room, and was supported on the left by Deputy Marshal Phillips (who presented the visitors,) and on his right by Mr. John G. Nicolay, his private secretary." "President Lincoln seemed to be in good health and spirits, and received his friends with that unwavering good nature which characterizes his manner on such occasions." At 10:30, the President, escorting Mrs. Dennison, wife of Postmaster General William Dennison, led a promenade from the Blue Room to the East Room. Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 10 January 1865, 3d ed., 2:4; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 10 January 1865, 2d ed., 2:1.

About 11 P.M. President stops receiving visitors and retires upstairs. At 12 P.M. wraps shawl around shoulders and walks to War Dept., accompanied by White House guard. William H. Crook, Memories of the White House: The Home Life of our Presidents from Lincoln to Roosevelt (Boston: Little, Brown, 1911), 13.