President Lincoln Attends Second Anniversary Meeting of U.S. Christian Commission

February 2, 1864

Of the Cabinet session at the White House, Navy Secretary Gideon Welles wrote in his diary: “But little of importance was done at the Cabinet-meeting.  Several subjects discussed. Seward was embarrassed about the Dominican question.  To move either way threatened difficulty.  On one side Spain, on the other side the negro.”  Lincoln said: “I am not disposed to take any new trouble, just at this time, and shall neither go for Spain nor the negro in this matter, but shall take to the woods.’”

President and Mrs. Lincoln attend second anniversary meeting of U.S. Christian Commission in the Hall of the House of Representatives –  at which Vice President Hannibal Hamlin presides and speaks.  “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is sung a second time at President Lincoln’s request.

President Lincoln writes Kamehameha V, King of the Hawaiian Islands: “Great and Good Friend: I have read with feelings of profound sorrow your Majesty’s letter of the 5th. December last announcing the death on the 30th. of the preceding month, of His Majesty, your Brother, Kamehameha IV, and conveying also the pleasing intelligence of your Majesty’s constitutional succession to the Throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom.”

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