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Tuesday, July 26, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Cabinet meets. Secretaries Welles and Usher, Attorney General Bates, and Lincoln present. Welles, Diary.

President recognizes Francis A. Hoffmann as consul for Kingdom of Hanover at Chicago. Evening Star (Washington, DC), 29 July 1864, 2d ed., Extra, 2:3.

Col. Shaffer discusses Gen. Butler's position with President. Butler, Correspondence, 4:547-48.

In evening Sec. and Mrs. Welles visit for hour with Lincoln at Soldiers' Home. Welles, Diary.

President writes Gen. Sherman who complains about promotion of Gens. Alvin P. Hovey and Peter J. Osterhaus: "My recollection is that both Gen. Grant and yourself recommended both H & O. . . . I beg you to believe we do not act in a spirit disregarding merit. We expect to await your programme, for further changes and promotions in your army. My profoundest thanks to you and your whole Army for the present campaign so far." Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 26 July 1864, CW, 7:463-64.