Peaceful Cabinet Meeting

April 8, 1864

“But little at the Cabinet,” writes Navy Secretary Gideon Welles of the regular Friday morning meeting. “Neither Chase nor Blair attended. Seward says our friends in the British Ministry are to be defeated. Told him I regretted it, but that it was not an unmitigated evil. I had not the apprehensions from it which he seemed to entertain. I certainly felt disinclined to make concessions to retain them.”

Called this evening on Admiral Dahlgren, who is inconsolable for the loss of his son. Advised him to get abroad and mingle in the world, and not yield to a blow that was irremediable.

Presidential aide John G. Nicolay writes to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase: “In answer to your note of today the President directs me to say that the order concerning the exportation of salted provisions has not yet been issued. It was merely printed and sent to you for examination and will not be issued before a full consultation with yourself.”

President and Mrs. Lincoln join the family of Secretary of State William H. Seward family to see “King Lear” at Ford’s Theatre.

Senate approves Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, 38 to 6.

 

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