White House Receptions Cancelled

March 28, 1863

“Mrs. Lincoln has no reception today – cause unexplained — nevertheless I am glad, as I supposed the last one was to take place and that it would be a large one, &U I should be well tired out,” writes  Benjamin Brown French.  The Washington Chronicle reports: “There will be no more Saturday afternoon receptions at the Executive Mansion during the remainder of the season.”

General Nathaniel Banks, commander at New Orleans, write President Lincoln: “Colonel S. B. Holabird Chief Quarter Master of this Department visits Washington upon official business and I have requested him to call upon you to give you such information as you may desire of affairs in this department. He is an officer of large experience and of undoubted integrity and intelligence upon whose statements implicit reliance can be placed. He knows well the condition of the country, the character of the People, and the prospects of the future so far as this section of the country is concerned. I commend him to your favorable consideration.”

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