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Friday, September 9, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Late in the morning, Lincoln meets Judge David McDonald and journalist Charles M. Walker, both of Indiana. McDonald notes in his diary, "my notion of the President's abilities was somewhat raised. Certainly he is very far from being a fool." "Diaries of Judge David McDonald," Indiana Magazine of History 28 (December 1932): 300-01.

President interviews Mrs. Joshua F. Noble, whose husband is serving prison term on Dry Tortugas, Fla. Abraham Lincoln to Joseph Holt, 9 September 1864, CW, 7:545-46.

Cabinet meets. Trading with enemy for cotton discussed. President and cabinet take position that trade should be open to all who wish to participate. Welles, Diary; Bates, Diary.