Congress Adjourns

March 4, 1863

Congress is rushing to its adjournment at noon.  “The President is in his private room in the rear of the Senate Chamber, where he was been all night, signing bills as they are sent to him from the House or Senate. [John G.] and [John] Hay, his private Secretaries, are kept busy with running to each Chamber with the rolls of parchment Acts of Congress, which the signature of Abraham Lincoln made law, and announcing to the houses that such bills have so signed,” writes journalist Noah Brooks.

Brooks adds that as adjournment approaches, “an immense shower of ‘little local bills’ poured in, each member being half-convulsed with his own anxiety to get his bill or resolution passed at this late hour; and at half past eleven the noise and confusion were great in this Hall; in the midst of which the President’s Secretary appeared at the bar of the House, ever and anon, with new lots of bills, the hard-working President being still hard at work in his private. At ten minutes to twelve, noon, the last batch came in, and the President returned word by the House Committee that he had no further communications to make to the body.”

With the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln continues to discuss colonization of freed former slaves outside the United States.  Today, it is with Postmaster General Montgomery Blair.

President Lincoln endorses a note of introduction to Commissioner of Patents David Halloway after a conversation with Jonathan Haines, who holds a patent on harvesting machine: “The writer of this letter is an acquaintance and friend of mine, & I believe, an honest and true man, & I introduce him as such.”

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