Campaign Questions Raised as 1864 Begins

January 2, 1864

Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes in his diary: “Double duty for yesterday’s holiday.  Senator Sumner called on Saturday as usual.  After disposing of some little matters of business, he spoke of the President and the election.  He says the President moving for a reelection, and has, he knows, spoken to several persons on the subject very explicitly.  I told him the President has exchanged no word with me on the subject, but that I had taken for granted he would be a candidate, that I thought all Presidents had entertained dreams of that nature, and that my impressions are that a pretty strong current is setting in his favor.  To this Sumner made no response, affirmatively or negatively. “

Former Illinois Senator Orville H. Browning writes in his diary:  “At the Presidents to show him Lieut [John F.} Benjamins letter in regard to affairs in Arkansas.  He was much pleased with the information it contained, and said he would take measures very soon to organize a government there.”

President Lincoln sends aide John Hay to Point Lookout, Maryland., with blank forms to record discharge of prisoners who take oath of December 8, 1863.

President Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding supposed corruption in Tennessee: “The writer of this is a good man, and P.M. at Chicago. Webster, from whom he quotes, is also a good man, and the locus in quo, as you know, is under Gen. [Stephen] Hurlbut. I submit this case to the Sec. of War.”

At night, President Lincoln goes to theater.

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