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Thursday, July 7, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President, in obedience to concurrent resolution of Congress, proclaims first Thursday of August next as day of national humiliation and prayer. Proclamation of a Day of Prayer, 7 July 1864, CW, 7:431-32; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 8 July 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 2:2.

Inquires of Sec. Stanton : "Please tell me what is there of the Maryland matter?" reported as infamous designs to "gobble up" money intended for Negro volunteers. Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton, 7 July 1864, CW, 7:432-33.

Meets with Charles Kappes of the 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regarding his absence from his regiment. Lincoln writes a letter ordering Kappes to return to his regiment "free from arrest; and on condition that he faithfully serve until honorably discharged, or during his full term of enlistment, he is pardoned for any presumed desertion heretofore committed." Pardon of Charles Kappes, 7 July 1864, box 198, Record Group 94: General Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Entry 409: Correspondence, 1800-1947, Records of Divisions of the Adjutant General's Office, Enlisted Branch, 1848-1889, Letters Received, 1862-1889, National Archives Building, Washington, DC.