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Wednesday, February 8, 1865.+-

Washington, DC.

President signs and return to Congress "Joint Resolution declaring certain States not entitled to representation in the Electoral College," with statement that signing does not express any opinion or judgment of his own upon subject of resolution. Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 8 February 1865, CW, 8:270-71.

Interviews P. E. Bland and William Wallace, representing District of West Tennessee, relative to hardships of people. Bland and Wallace to Lincoln, 11 February 1865, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Writes Gen. Grant for permission to use Grant's dispatch of February 1, 1865 to Sec. Stanton , in report to House of Representatives regarding "interview with Messrs. Stephens, Hunter & Campbell." Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, 8 February 1865, CW, 8:269-70.

Transmits to Congress copy of note addressed to secretary of state relative to gift of sword to Capt. Henry S. Stellwagen (USN) as mark of gratitude for his services to British brigantine "Mersey." Abraham Lincoln to the Senate and House of Representatives, 8 February 1865, CW, 8:271.

Writes Governor J. Gregory Smith (Vt.) regarding "the government's promise to fairly allow credits for men previously furnished," when setting quotas for pending call for 300,000 men. Abraham Lincoln to John G. Smith, 8 February 1865, CW, 8:271-72.

President and Mrs. Lincoln host dinner party at Executive Mansion for a dozen guests including Postmaster General William Dennison, Attorney General James Speed, and Vice Admiral David Farragut. Marine Band provides music for the event, which ends at 10 P.M. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 February 1865, 2d ed., 2:4.

[Congress officially tallies electoral votes from presidential election and declares Abraham Lincoln "duly elected" as President and Andrew Johnson as Vice President. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 8 February 1865, 2d ed., 2:4.]