Music Returns to White House

June 13, 1863

Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “We had music from the Marine Band to-day in Lafayette Square. The people are greatly pleased.  Had word just after five this P.M. that three vessels were yesterday captured by a pirate-craft off Cape Henry and burnt.  Sent Fox at once with orders to telegraph to New York and Philadelphia, etc., for every vessel in condition to proceed to se without delay in search of this wolf that is prowling so near us.  If necessary the Tuscarora must sail forthwith and not wait for Admiral Foote.”

President Lincoln wrote King Leopold of the Belgians: “I have received through the minister of the United States accredited to Your Majesty, the award in the case of the claim of certain citizens of the United States upon the Government of the Republic of Chili, which by agreement between this Government and the Government of that Republic, was submitted to Your Majesty’s arbitrament, a trust was accepted by Your Majesty. The confidence in Your Majesty’s uprightness, impartiality and intelligence which led the parties interested to seek from Your Majesty a decision of the long pending controversy adverted to will, it is believed, be regarded by all the parties interested, as justified by the result. In this respect, I can speak with perfect assurance, at least on the part of this Government. I cannot omit to add an expression of my thanks for the pains which Your Majesty must have taken to reach a correct conclusion in so arduos a business, and my belief that Your Majesty’s success in this instance will not be regarded as an unimportant proof of the wisdem which has characterized Your Majestys illustrious reign.”

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