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Wednesday, August 31, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President telegraphs Mrs. Lincoln at Manchester, Vt.: "All reasonably well. Bob not here yet. How is dear Tad?" Abraham Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln, 31 August 1864, CW, 7:526.

Addresses 148th Ohio Regiment, on its way home after completed period of service. Speech to One Hundred Forty-eighth Ohio Regiment, 31 August 1864, CW, 7:528-29; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 1 September 1864, 2d ed., 2:5.

[John Nicolay in New York, will return tomorrow. Nicolay to Lincoln, 31 August 1864, John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.]

President reviews case of Louis A. Welton, who came through Union lines with contract to furnish supplies to South, was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment, and concludes review by saying: "Now, if Senator Morgan, and Mr. Weed, and Mr. Raymond, will not argue with me that I ought to discharge this man, but will, in writing on this sheet, simply request me to do it, I will do it solely in deference to their wishes." Abraham Lincoln to Edwin D. Morgan, Thurlow Weed, and Henry J. Raymond, 31 August 1864, CW, 7:526-27.

Issues order that persons bringing out cotton in conformity with treasury regulations must not be hindered by other government departments. Order Concerning Transportation of Cotton, 31 August 1864, CW, 7:527.