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Saturday, February 6, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln makes one of many sick calls on Congressman Lovejoy (Ill.) and remarks: "This war is eating my life out. I have a strong impression that I shall not live to see the end." Edgar DeW. Jones, Lincoln and the Preachers (New York: Harper, 1948), 69.

During afternoon reception discusses with Francis B. Carpenter, artist, ideas for portraying first reading of Emancipation Proclamation. William O. Stoddard, Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard, ed. by William O. Stoddard, Jr. (New York: Exposition Press, 1955), 221.

At night O. H. Browning approaches Lincoln on behalf of Mrs. Fitz, who owns slaves and cotton and is a refugee. President, in bad humor, will not discuss matter. Browning, Diary.

[Irwin withdraws $24 from Springfield Marine Bank, to pay insurance on Lincoln's Springfield home. Pratt, Personal Finances, 177.]

Reception by Mrs. Lincoln "exceeded all that have preceded it." Evening Star (Washington, DC), 8 February 1864, 3d ed., Extra, 2:4.

Lincoln writes to Major General Nathaniel P. Banks concerning an assignment for Gustavus Scroggs, of Buffalo, New York. Lincoln explains, "Scroggs . . . has been appointed colonel of a colored regiment, and is to report with it to you at New Orleans." Lincoln proposes that Banks order Scroggs's regiment "to Texas, charged to collect and organize the colored men of that State, it being believed that such a nucleus as this regiment, and such an experienced organizer of troops as Col. Scroggs . . . will prove highly successful." Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P. Banks, 6 February 1864, CW, 7:170-71; Samuel P. Bates, History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5 (Harrisburg: B. Singerly, 1871), 1026.