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Tuesday, November 8, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

President interviews Mary E. Collins about special exchange of Capt. William A. Collins, Co. D, 10th Wisconsin Infantry. Abraham Lincoln to Ethan A. Hitchcock, 8 November 1864, CW, 8:95.

Recognizes Teodoro Manara as consul of Republic of Guatemala at New York. Washington Chronicle, 11 November 1864.

Tad discovers that soldiers quartered in White House grounds are voting for Lincoln and Johnson. Makes father go to window and watch. Noah Brooks, "Personal Reminiscences of Lincoln," Scribner's Monthly 15 (1877/1878):675.

At noon Lincoln discusses election with Noah Brooks. Randall, Lincoln, 4:259.

Receives from Carlos Pierce mammoth ox called "General Grant." Rice to Lincoln, 22 November 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to Alexander H. Rice, 8 November 1864, CW, 8:96-97.

[6:30 P.M. John Nicolay in Springfield, Ill., reports majority of 20 for Lincoln in township. Nicolay to Lincoln, 8 November 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.]

At 7 P.M. in rain President and John Hay go to Sec. Stanton 's office in War Dept. to receive election returns. Stanton and Sec. Welles, Asst. Secs. Fox and Dana, and others are present. During lull in telegraphic reports Lincoln reads aloud from writings of Nasby. Stanton expresses indignation at nonsense. At mid-night Maj. Eckert provides supper. Lincoln "shovels out fried oysters." During evening and night former Sec. Chase, Col. Eaton, Whitelaw Reid, correspondent for Cincinnati "Gazette," and others pay short visits. Hay, Letters and Diary; Charles A. Dana, Recollections of the Civil War. With the Leaders at Washington and in the Field in the Sixties (New York: Appleton, 1902), 261; Rufus R. Wilson, ed., Intimate Memories of Lincoln (Elmira, NY: Primavera Press, 1942), 577-78.

"I have the honor to resign my commission as a Major General in the Army of the U.S.A., with the request that it may be accepted to take effect today. I am, sir, very respectfully, George B. McClellan." DNA—WR RG 94, Adjt. Gen. Off., Letters Received, M1250 (CB) 1864.

Lincoln writes managing committee of Sailors' Fair in Boston: "Allow me to wish you a great success. . . . To all, from Rear Admiral, to honest Jack I tender the Nation's admiration and gratitude." Abraham Lincoln to the Managing Committee of the Sailors' Fair, 8 November 1864, CW, 8:95.

Informs Sec. Seward at Auburn, N.Y.: "News from Grant, Sherman, Thomas and Rosecrans, satisfactory, but not important. Pirate Florida captured by the Wauchusetts [U.S.S. "Wachusett"] Oct. 7th. on coast of Brazil. The information is certain." Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward, 8 November 1864, CW, 8:97.